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Clement W. Barber passed away peacefully in his home the morning of March 2nd following a prolonged illness, he was 81 years old.
He is preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Mildred Barber, his sisters Nina Burnside, Gene Murray, Sonya Foskett, Tonya (Marilyn) Bigler, and his brother Calvin Barber. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Georgiana (Whiteley) Barber, his sister Monya (Jerry) Cantwell, his brother Clifford Barber, and his five children: Michael H. Barber (Karen), Lucinda Cobia-Smith (Rick), Ruth Wilson (Wayne), Faith Barber, Carol Buck (Branten), seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Clement Barber was born in Neodasha, Kansas on November 8, 1936. He was raised in various small town in the Midwestern states of Kansas and Missouri. He graduated High School from Richards High School in Richards, Missouri in 1954. He took a job with Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri after graduating high school and worked there until joining the Navy in 1955. Clement loved his family, shooting sports, hunting small and large game, rural living, travel, history (especially U.S. history and histories of various modern wars), and collecting coins, stamps, and history books.
Clement was well known for his ability to recount his adventures in vivid detail that would captivate friends and family alike; he made you feel as if you were there with him in the story. He would often recount his tales of places that he visited while deployed on the United States ships he served on. He was enchanted by the things he saw in foreign countries and always made it a point to bring souvenirs home to his family. Clement and Georgiana settled in Idaho in 1975, first making their home in Pocatello and then later moving to Bingham County. They lived in Riverside from 1976 until 1983 when they moved to Blackfoot where they have resided until present.
Clement was able to see much of the world and travel widely during his twenty years of U.S. Naval service. He was a Gunners Mate (Guns) and an ASROC missile specialist, he also specialized and maintained the 5" guns. He served on the following duty stations: U.S.S. Marshall, U.S.S. Twining, U.S.S. Preble, U.S.S. Dale, U.S.S. Braine, USS Hornet, Port Hueneme, California, DaNang, Vietnam and twice served at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot. The family will visit with friends and relatives prior to the service at 10 a.m. at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 5, 2018
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