John Andrew Barber
1938 - 2017
Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
900 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL
John Andrew Barber 1938 - 2017
Springfield, IL—John Andrew Barber, 79, of Springfield, boarded his departure flight at 10:11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at his residence.
John was born August 20, 1938 in Springfield, the son of Charles F. Barber and Helen Long. He married Irene Sochon on October 7, 1972 in Springfield; they recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with friends and family.
John attended Springfield High School and graduated from Mexico Missouri Military Academy in 1957. He recently celebrated his 60th class reunion with Springfield High School. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Lincoln College. John was employed as a realtor for more than 50 years. He was a member of the American Business Club, Downtown Rotary for more than 20 years, Sangamo Club for 30 years, Ansar Shriners, and was a member of Island Bay Yacht Club since 1965. He was also a commercial pilot, earning his pilot's license at the age of 15, even before getting his driver's license. He built his own Glass Air RG plane that won an award at the Oshkosh Air Show. John enjoyed flying, cars, boats, sailing, motorcycling, traveling, but most importantly, enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved watching his grandson, Jackson at sporting events and teaching his granddaughter, Bailey, life lessons. John was quite the storyteller in which he knew no boundaries.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Harold Prehn; and father-in-law, Joseph Sochon.
He is survived by his wife, Irene of Springfield; daughter, Brittany (husband, Michael) Workman of Sherman and their children, Bailey and Jackson Workman; son, Brad Barber of Springfield and his daughter, Lauren Barber; mother-in-law, Valerie Sochon of Dawson; sister-in-law, Jennie Sochon (husband, Carl Wolf) of Chicago; and special friends who were like family, Ed and Virginia Herren of Mission Viejo, CA.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
Cremation will be accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center following visitation.
Memorial Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home with Celebrant Judy Woerner officiating.
Burial will follow at Fancy Creek in Williamsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, 675 E. Linton Ave., Springfield, IL 62703 or WILD (Women in Love with Dogs), 3309 Robbins Rd., Suite 109, Springfield, IL 62704.
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Published by The State Journal-Register from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22, 2017.
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May you rest in peace and May God welcome you into His eternal kingdom. May God grant you family and friends the strength they need to carry on with their lives with the knowledge that you are resting in a better place.
James Kufdakis
November 10, 2017
I am glad to have known and worked with you and Irene. My condolences to the family.
George Kennedy
October 22, 2017
Dick and I were saddened to learn of John's passing. He was such an interesting man--so many talents. It was a pleasure knowing him for my whole life.
Our sympathies to you and your family.
Ann and Dick Hart
Ann Hart
October 22, 2017
Our paths crossed briefly at REACH, but the dignity and generous thoughts for others at the table were an inspiration to both of us. Liz and Bob Crowley
October 22, 2017
Irene, so sorry to read about John. My prayers are with you. Deepest sympathy
Diane Hurrelbrink
October 21, 2017
Irene, so sorry to read about John. My prayers are with you. Deepest Sympathy.
Diane Hurrelbrink
October 21, 2017
Irene, Brittany and family,
You have are deepest sympathy. John fought the good fight for a long time. John now sits in our Lords lap, with total peace and happiness.
Colleen/Mike Troesch
October 21, 2017
John Barber was an amazing IRONMAN.
His persistence and tenacity have inspired all who knew him.
Rest in Peace then crush the WOD!
Dr Sue Jane Volarich
October 20, 2017
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