Robert L. Barr

iconBarr, Robert L. 06/09/1924 - 03/31/2013 SAN DIEGO -- Robert passed away Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at 6:05 a.m. Robert was born in Selma, California. He was a San Diego resident since 1959. Robert enlisted in the Navy in 1942 after turning 18. He completed training and went to war in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He was on board ship doing his duty as one of the "Greatest Generation" from 1942 to the wars end 1945. He married Carolyn in early 1945, and had a son and daughter. He stayed in the Navy and moved up the ranks. The Korean conflict took him overseas for long months at a time. When that conflict ended the family moved to Lakewood, CA. Robert was stationed in Long Beach with duty in a mine sweeping group. He received commendations for his performance and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer. The family then transferred to San Diego. Assignment was Naval Training Center, San Diego as Drillmaster in 1959, where he was promoted to Quarter Master Chief Senior. He did one tour of duty to Vietnam. After 27 years in the Navy, Robert retired. To fill his time, he worked first in TV repair in El Cajon, then hired on as repair tech at Sharps Hospital. He did well in that. Upon retiring from Sharps, Robert and Carolyn traveled all around the United States. Always together. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Carolyn, son Van L., daughter Joanne Bacca, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Donations to the in lieu of flowers.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 7, 2013