BARR, Richard Lee
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Richard Lee Barr was born April 27, 1944 on a farm near York, Nebraska to James Kenneth and Cleo Edna (Flots) Barr and passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the age of 69 years. Richard was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church in York, Nebraska. He received education in York County, Nebraska at District 8 Bradshaw and York Public School graduating from York High School in 1962. Richard graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California in June of 1966 and joined the Peace Corps where he was assigned to work in Nigeria as a community developer. As he was about to complete his first project, a new library, the Biafra War broke out. Rich and another volunteer were given a Land Rover and tasked to contact and help evacuate the other Peace Corps Volunteers in the area who were then spirited out to a large boat under cover of night and evacuated to Lagos. He served his final year in Ghana where he became an auditor for a cocoa marketing cooperative. Richard and Geri Ludwig were married in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on October 8, 1982. He worked in the transportation industry, mostly in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. Geri was a bank branch manager for many years before being forced to retire due to ill health. Rich spent the last 15 to 20 years working for the Southern Alberta Institute for Technology (SAIT), beginning as an instructor and serving the last ten years as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Transportation Department. Richard spent the summer between his junior and senior high school year as an exchange student to the Netherlands under the American Field Service (AFS) Program. During the mid- 1980's, he became active in organizing an AFS Program in Alberta where he and Geri hosted several students. From 1985 to 1987, he served as President of the Alberta Chapter of Intercultural Canada and as a counseling coordinator for AFS students in Alberta. He also served two terms as National Vice President of Intercultural Canada. Richard is survived by his brother, M. James (Carol) Barr of York, Nebraska; sisters-in-law Betty (Tom) Girling of Lacombe, Alberta; Diana Ludwig of Montreal, Quebec; Elaine Leavitt of Calgary, Alberta; and brother-in-law Arnie (Marge) Ludwig of Strathmore, Alberta. Also surviving are nieces Sarah (Dan Ruth) of Lincoln, Nebraska; Amy Barr of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Rhonda (Greg) Wookey and daughter Leah of Calgary, Alberta; Susan (Andy) Fielder and children Taylor, Alexandria, Rheana and Owen of Calgary, Alberta; Julie Ludwig of Calgary, Alberta; nephews David Barr of Lincoln, Nebraska; Michael (Tammy) Ludwig and children Tyson, Cody and Avery Ludwig of Calgary, Alberta and Christopher Ludwig of Calgary. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Cleo (Flots) Barr and his wife, Geri. The family would like to thank all the staff at Brentwood Care Centre for the exceptional care given to Richard. A very special thank you is given to all of Richard's companions and especially Mary Pietsch for the outstanding care she gave to Richard the last six months of his life. A Memorial Service for both Richard and Geri Barr will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Knox United Church, 506 - 4 Street S.W., Calgary, AB at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Bill Bruce officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca. FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM. Telephone: 403-297-0888. Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2013