Barry J. Black
Died: October 5, 2021
Barry J. Black, age 70, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 5th, at his home in Lake Barrington, IL. Barry was born and raised in Independence, the son of Buryl J. and Elizabeth (Bette) Black. He graduated from Jefferson High School with the class of 1969. At an early age, Barry began practicing and honing his skills as an athlete, excelling in basketball, football, baseball and track. He still holds many school records and was recently inducted into the Independence Sports Hall of Fame. After high school, Barry attended Upper Iowa University where he also was a running back and middle linebacker on the Peacock football team. He then taught and coached football for a year in the Messervy-Thornton Schools. Barry joined his brother Bob at Super Wash, Inc., where he headed up the construction department and helped build and oversaw the construction of 743 Super Wash Car Washes in 28 states. Barry also served as a Vice President of the company. During those years, he also excelled as a tournament golfer. In September of 2014 on the shores of Lake Barrington, Barry married Maggie, the gift of God to his life. Together they made a great team. Barry loved Maggie and Maggie loved Barry. Because Barry loved God, he loved people. Relationships with family and friends were very important to him.
Barry is survived by his wife, Maggie and her children, Kristin and Jason Trevino, parents of Chloe, Tyler and Katie, Melissa and Kalen Fredette, parents of Aidan and Isla, and Brian and Gillian Gruber, parents of Felix and Murphy. He is also survived by his brothers Bill (Nancy) of Oelwein and Bob (Mary) of Morrison, IL as well as his nephews Chris and Josh, and nieces Jennifer, Susan, Sarah and Anna. Also surviving him is his Aunt Marjorie of Branson, MO. He is also survived by three special people: Ben, Isaac and Eli Gogg. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be held Friday, October 15th, at 11:00 at the Cornerstone Foursquare Church, 707-20th St, SW in Independence. Memorials can be sent to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mississippi Valley where Barry volunteered his time. Memorial may be sent to: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mississippi Valley, 3247 East 35th St. Court, Davenport, IA, 52807 or donate online at bbbsmv.org
Published by Sauk Valley News from Oct. 7 to Oct. 12, 2021.