Edward Leroy Barrett, known by all as Lee, 87, died Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was born to Lewis Leroy Barrett and Clara Hahn Barrett at Rockwell City, Iowa, on July 1, 1926.
A 1944 graduate of Rockwell City High School, he was a World War II veteran serving in the Navy as a radio operator on TBM Avenger Torpedo Bombers. After the war he attended Iowa State University and earned a Bachelor Degree in Ceramic Engineering in 1950. He was a member of the American Ceramic Society and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as a ceramic engineer at Charles Taylor & Sons in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1952 he was transferred to Taylor & Sons plant at South Shore, Kentucky. In 1953, he married Wilma Rose Hoesl of Cincinnati and they resided in Portsmouth, Ohio, in a house that Lee built with his father. Lee continued to work at Charles Taylor & Sons which changed names to Didier Taylor Refractories Inc. (currently ANH Refractories Inc.) in South Shore, Kentucky, for 38 years until his retirement in 1988. During this time he was credited with developing several new formulas for high temperature refractories used in the steel and glass industries. After his retirement Lee helped Wilma run "Wilma's Natural Foods" health food store.
Lee was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was devoted to the education and sporting activities of his children and almost never missed a sporting event in which his children participated, a tradition that he continued with his grandchildren. He served on the Notre Dame Athletic Association and was a basketball scorekeeper. Lee and Wilma loved to travel and took regular trips around the country to visit family and famous sites. Together they visited all 50 U.S. states and over 13 countries.
Lee and Wilma were active members of St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church for over 50 years. Lee served as Parish Council member.
Lee was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Wilma Rose Hoesl Barrett. Also preceding him in death was his sister, Dolores Mary Ann Barrett Takes of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Donald Takes; and Lee's seven children and their spouses, William Barrett of Sydney Australia, James (Terry) Barrett of Cincinnati, Ohio, Barbara Barrett Schmidt of Wheelersburg, Ohio, Michael (Maria) Barrett of Cincinnati, Ohio, David (Karen) Barrett of Dayton, Ohio, Donald (Karen) Barrett of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Marie Barrett (Joseph) Huber of Lebanon, Ohio. His 17 surviving grandchildren are Jessica Schmidt (Ryan) McAdow, Jason (Brea) Schmidt, Michelle Schmidt, Elizabeth Barrett, Alexandra Barrett, Matthew Barrett, Claire Barrett, Lauren Barrett, Erica Schmidt, Krista Barrett, Bryan Barrett, Zachary Huber, Jacob Huber, Jonathan Barrett, Danielle Huber, Adam Barrett and Shane Barrett. His seven great-grandchildren are Savannah McAdow, Hunter McAdow, Landon Mullins, Makensie Nichols, Finley Schmidt, Aubrey Nichols and Mason McAdow.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 20, 2013, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, with Father Adam Streitenberger as celebrant. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati on Saturday at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at the ADKINS-BRANT FUNERAL HOME IN PORTSMOUTH from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday. A Recitation of the Rosary will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Notre Dame High School Athletic Association or to St. Mary's Parish in Lee's name.
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