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1929 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Joel Allen Barber Jr., 81, of Mount Vernon, passed away at Ashley Gardens on Friday, April 8, 2011.

He was born on November 25, 1929 in Spokane to Joel Allen and Katharine (O'Neill) Barber. The family moved to Seattle, where he was raised, attended school, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1947.

He married Antonnia Elaine Hey on December 18, 1965 in Chehalis, WA.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Education at Western Washington University, Master's in Education Administration at Seattle University, Master's in General Administration at Stanford University, and Doctorate in Education Administration at the University of Washington. From 1953-1983 he worked in the Seattle Public Schools as a Science Department Chairman, Vice Principal, Negotiations/ Staff Relations, and District Hearing Officer.

At Blaine and Thompson Junior High Schools, he planned, prepared and hosted a half-hour weekly science program, "Science is Fun" for junior high school students on Channel 9 TV for two years. In 1956, he was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher to England in Scunthorpe, England. During his residency in England, he was invited to Buckingham Palace for a luncheon reception with The Queen Mother. Upon retiring from Seattle Public Schools, he worked for Toni Barber Travel, Inc. as an accountant for 16 years.

His wife, Toni, and he traveled extensively to different countries in the world. He especially enjoyed the cruise trips.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1949, and served in the reserves until 1978, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He served as a Headquarters Battery Commander, Director of Operations and Training, Director of Logistics, Chief Evaluator, and as an ROTC Instructor.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Antonnia; son, Joel Barber III of Mount Vernon; daughter, Sheli Barber (Jerry) of Mercer Island; and two grandsons, Tyler and Aidan Cardoso.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Eaglemont Golf Club.

You may share your memories of Joel, and sign his online guest register at www.kernfuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.
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