Bernard F. “Barney” Jaeger

December 21, 1932 ‒ December 31, 2020

Galion, Ohio

Bernard F. “Barney” Jaeger was a hard-working people person and devoted husband and father. Barney, 88, of Galion, Ohio passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 31, 2020 after a brief illness.

He was born December 21, 1932 in Rogers City, Michigan and was the son of Bernard F. and Edna (Bonnard) Jaeger.  Barney is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carol A. (Gowatch) Jaeger whom he married on August 13, 1955.

He graduated from the Shrine of the Little Flower High School in Royal Oak, Michigan in 1951 and proudly served his country in the United States Navy in submarine service for four years. Following his service, Barney attended the University of Detroit. He worked for Chrysler Missile in Warren, Michigan and Huntsville, Alabama. Barney worked at the ITT/North Electric and PECO II companies in Galion as a Manufacturing Manager and Director for 29½ years until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion and served as an usher for many years. Barney loved physical fitness, being on the water, fishing, gardening and was an avid tailgater at Notre Dame Football games since 1978. Most of all, he was a loving husband and father. Barney was known to travel anywhere in the country to be present for a holiday, birthday or celebration with his children, grandchildren, and great grandson. His love for family was a hallmark of his daily life and felt through generations.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Christopher Jaeger of Chicago, Illinois and Michael (Terri) Jaeger of Kenner, Louisiana; daughter Faith (Thomas) Callahan of Newport, Rhode Island; four grandchildren Ian (Emily) Jaeger of New Orleans, Louisiana, Georgia Callahan of Boston, Massachusetts, Jason (Tammy) Jones, of New Caney, Texas, and Melissa Jones of Raleigh, North Carolina: great-grandchildren Clyde Maxwell Jaeger, Cohen Jones, Courtney (Kenny) Barnes and great-great grandson, Bennett Barnes, two sisters Della Marie Meisinger and Diane (Paul) Frechette and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Kenneth and Leonard Jaeger.

A memorial mass will be private due to the pandemic.

Memorial contributions may be made to Avita Home Health and Hospice or St. Joseph Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Barney Jaeger, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Carol, Chris and all family, Barney’s passing is a tremendous shock and loss for all who ever met him. He and all of you are in my prayers, here in Vermont. I am deeply, deeply saddened by his passing and I shudder to think of our next tailgater without his enormous presence. Barney was a man loved by so many. None of us will ever forget him or his family. You are all in my prayers! God Bless Barney and all of you!

  • Barney was a staple at the hardware. He loved to come in and pick on Rick. He loved when his children bought him gift certificates that we had to staple multiple pages to before he used it all up. He was a joy and a pleasure every time he came to the store. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed! Prayers to all that feel this loss.

    God Bless!

  • I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Barney would come into the ymca during the early morning and brighten our day. So friendly and nice. We have missed him since he could no longer come in. God bless all of the family.

  • Barney has left a great living legacy with terrific children of the highest integrity, tremendous warmth, and great sense of humor. May you rest in peace confident in the knowledge that you were loved by many.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Barney! I met Barney 4 years ago. I worked in cardiac rehab and he was one of “the morning guys.” He was such a joy and so spunky. He had a great sense of humor! He will be missed deeply. I know his family was his everything, as he talked about all of you. He was always hopeful that Clyde would turn out to be a Notre Dame football player. My deepest sympathies to you Carol and your family.
    -Avita Cardiac Rehab (Lauren Hoffer)

  • Jaeger family, you have my deepest condolences! Barney is a great guy who will be severely missed. I will miss the teasing banter that Barney and I had at every ND tailgate. I wish we could be with you during this difficult time.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I miss Barney. A piece of each one of our hearts is missing due to his passing – all who knew him. It is so true from reading the previous messages. Unfortunately, I never spent a great deal of time with my fabulous uncle, because it was usually a social event, and I can say the events were the most fun. And Barney made every event fun. I remember Carol’sand Barney’s wedding at the Shrine of the Little Flower – she was so beautiful in her Cinderella gown and Barney was so gallant in his Naval uniform! After that moment, I always had abundant respect for Barney. A gracious and God loving man Barney was and an example to all he met The world seems like a different place without him, although his spirit is still with us. Barney was truly a gift from God.

  • So sorry to hear of Mr. Jaeger’s passing. I have many great memories of growing up with Faith and spending time at your house.
    He was always so funny and welcoming and just an all around great guy.
    Sending prayers of peace and comfort to all of you.

  • I am very sad that my brother Bernard died. He was 10 years older than me. He was my hero. He was special to me in many ways. I will miss him, but will always remember his love for me. Love, sister Diana.

  • We are so saddened to hear of Barney’s death, but know he is in a very special place in Heaven. We will always cherish the deep friendship our family had with the Jaeger family. Barney was a true friend and was always available to help with celebrations as well as with life needs. His gardening skills produced abundant delicious vegetables which we always looked forward to him sharing with us. We will tip a glass of wine in celebration, memory and honor of his life. God bless the Jaeger family and know you will be in our prayers.

  • Dear Aunt Carol and Family

    We were so very sorry to hear of Barney’s passing. We loved coming to his
    house parties as he treated everyone as special. Our children were both saddened
    by his passing as he treated our kids as his family too. When he came to any family party in MI, he would make the rounds and make you laugh or feel good about something he was doing in the yard or community or his family. He was a remarkable man, Aunt Carol, and we have you in our prayers and wishes and also to his loving family.
    Our Love,
    Jim, Margaret, Barbara and David