Eberto Antonio Barela, 86, born September 25, 1934 in Flagstaff AZ, passed away at Flagstaff Medical Center on January 8, 2021 surrounded by loved ones. He was known to many as Tito, Tony, or Oso. Eberto was a longtime resident of Flagstaff and a member of the Armed Forces serving on the USS Hopewell as a Gunners Mate during the Korean Conflict. He served in the Navy from 1953 to 1957, the Navy Reserve from 1957 to 1961, he later went to the Army National Guard where he retired in 1988. A few of his hobbies were playing baseball, dominos, and pool at the American Legion.
Eberto worked and retired from Coconino County plowing snow and maintaining roads and from the City of Flagstaff Water Treatment Plant. He enjoyed sunny days, listening to Mexican music while working in his shed, watching westerns, and college sports along with family get-togethers. He was Santa several times at the American Legion and National Guard Depot in Bellmont. Eberto was known for being very caring and always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Eberto's memory will continue to live on through his loved ones.
In death he is preceded by his parents Alberto and Ofelia Barela and sister Louisa (Vo) Ormsby. In life he is survived by his wife of 63 years Dolores Barela, three children Gerry Barela, Larry Barela, and Michelle (Domingo) Alonzo; two sisters Lina Rascon (New Mexico) and Pilar Lovato; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; along with numerous extended family members and many friends.
Private services will be held January 27, 2021 with military honors following at Calvary Cemetery.