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EUREKA- Donald E. Barber, died at 10:40 PM on Friday March 11, 2016 at the Richard L. Owen Hospice Home in Peoria, IL.

He was born on June 2, 1936 in Ottawa, IL to George and Edith Marie (Sterling) Barber. He married Louise Anna Weber on December 31, 1960 at St. Bernard Church in Peoria, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Joan Gullo, and brother, Michael J. Barber.

Surviving are his children, Christopher (DeLynda) Barber of Seattle, WA; Steven (Connie) Barber of Kennett Square, PA; Angela (David) Schlossler of Eureka, IL; Valerie (Quintin) Cook of Aurora, CO; Joseph (Laura) Barber of Metamora; Donald (Kathy) Barber of Round Rock, TX. twelve grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He entered the United States Army on November 28, 1956. He was stationed in Germany and was honorably discharged on November 20, 1959 with the rank SP4. He sang in an Army chorus and played intramural football and basketball.

He was employed at International Paper Company in Peoria for thirty-three and a half years, retiring as Maintenance Supervisor.

His time was spent with his family and friends, enjoying Cardinal games, Green Bay Packer games, classic car shows, eagle watching, genealogy, gardening and making bread.
He was a member of the International Quarterly Club, Izaak Walton League of America and an associate member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka from 4 to 7 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 10 am at St. Mary's of Lourdes Church, Metamora, IL. Burial will follow at St. Mary's of Lourdes Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Legion, Catholic Charities or charities of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at