David “Bud” Barr

April 28, 1934 ‒ September 14, 2016

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Bud Barr liked fireworks. Each summer, whether for a church picnic or family reunion, he organized and invested in a pyrotechnics display that brought joy to many faces.  His annual fun was a fitting metaphor for a life of service to others: good people, like candles, burn themselves up to shed light, and every day of Bud’s life was a sparkler of joy to others.

The Lord called his servant Bud to himself at dawn Wednesday, September 14, 2016 following a short illness. He was 82.

Born April 28, 1934 in Mansfield to parents John Lewie and Lois Elizabeth (Culler) Barr, he was graduated from Lucas High School in 1952. As president of his class, Bud kept the class active, still organizing monthly dinners.

Bud served with the 78th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion of the US Army, honorably discharged as PFC.

He met a young lady at the Glessner Avenue Dairy Queen, and Bud was shortly thereafter married to Barbara A. Frederici in the Lexington Church of Christ, a congregation he would later serve as elder.

For more than 30 years Bud worked as a die maker with General Motors, all the while operating his 143 acre farm.

Bud enjoyed traveling and camping, water skiing and wood working, and any excuse for a hand of euchre.

A member of First Alliance Church, Bud served the congregation as elder, trustee and Sunday school teacher.

He will be remembered for his unmatched sincerity and kindness, and his genuine compassion and generosity. As a true servant of the Lord, Bud’s humble, soft spoken and patient spirit complimented his desire to serve others:  “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:16 NIV)

Bud leaves a legacy of a loving family, including his wife Barbara Barr; their children Christine (Nathan) Christopher of Fuquay Varina, NC, Patty Barr of Lexington, Jennifer (Brian) Mast of Lakeville, MN, and David (Angela) Barr of Lexington; grandchildren Emily, Bethany, Levi, Boston, Camden, Avery, Payton, David O., and Eli; six great grandchildren and one on the way; a brother Kenneth (Nancy) Barr of Bellville and sister Maxine McMahon of Goodrich, MI.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Theodore Barr and Russell Barr.

The Barr family will receive friends Friday, September 16, 2016 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Visitation continues Saturday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in First Alliance Church, 291 West Cook Road, Mansfield, where a worship service giving glory to God for the life of Bud Barr will follow at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Mark W. Thomas and Pastor Steven Burggraf will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery, where the 179th Airlift Wing will conduct graveside military honors.

Contributions in Bud’s memory to the Great Commission Fund of the church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Barr family. Share with them a message of light – or watch Bud’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • Our loss is heaven’s gain! We know how heavy each of your hearts are, but we also know he is singing with the angelic choir with praises to God the Father! We all know how much Bud loved gospel music and the trips we shared with his leadership and planning! Our last trip was interrupted with his illness and our memories will continue until we meet again on heaven’s shore…”Oh, that will be glory for me” as the song goes…we are praying for God’s comfort to each of you, his wonderful family!

  • My Love to all of the family right now! I want to tell you how much I Love you all and How much Uncle Bud meant to me. I love his world example of being a disciple for Christ! Not only in words but actions and warm hugs and a contagious laugh! He lit up my world more than once or twice with more than just fireworks. I will always cherish his love and for you all in Ohio right now and Indiana & Michigan I love you from Dean & Vicki

  • You are in our prayers during this time of sadness. Our comfort is in the promise of reunion in heaven

  • So sad to hear about Bud’s passing. He was an example of what a Godly man should be. So many of my childhood memories were spent at your home. I look back on them fondly and appreciate how “at home” it felt to be there. Thank you for opening your home to so many. My prayers are with you all and pray that God’s provision will see you through is time.

  • I was saddened to hear if Bud’s passing. I remember him as a generous and caring man who loved his Lord and loved serving his church family. May the Holy Spirit comfort and give peace to Barb and their family.

  • Bud was a man after God’s own heart, and it was my privilege to serve First Alliance Church for a brief time while he was an Elder. He will be missed for sure, but we will meet again over on the other shore. Barbara, Arliss and I are praying for you and your family as we await the day when our earthly sorrows will be turned to eternal joy.
    With love,
    Pastor Tom and Arliss Allen

  • One of God’s great men have gone to meet Him in heaven to glorify our Maker and to watch over his love ones until they can join him on the golden streets. With great sorrow we send this to you Barb and kids knowing we will not see him again here on earth but know we will meet up again later to join in the fun that was always around wherever Bud was to share the joy at the moment. We know he is rejoicing with the angels but will be missed here. We love all of you.

  • So sad to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with the family. May all the wonderful memories carry you through your grieving process and may it be ease by knowing he is with Our Lord & Father.
    God’s blessings to all of you

  • Bud was one of the kindest men we have ever known. He always had a smile on his face and you could see the love of Jesus was in his heart as it shinned through that smile. The memories he left behind will be cherished by many. Our sincere condolences to Barb and the rest of his loving family. Another great man has entered God’s kingdom. We pray God fills your hearts to overflowing with peace knowing Bud is with Him with that wonderful smile on his face until you meet again.

  • Patty: Chrissy O’Daniel just informed me of the passing of your Dad. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am praying for you and your family and hope the pain goes away soon. The positive, if any, is that he is in a better place. Stay positive as you always have. Carlos

  • Sorry about the loss of bud I didn’t Know him to well But my parents did they lived across the street from them also friends of mine grew up in the same house along time ago he was a nice guy he will be missed we will pray for the family.

  • Patty, Kim just shared with me your loss. I am so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We have been praying for your family all week. Just want you to know that a true manifestation of Bud’s life is expressed in our sister-in-law, Christy, and the wonderful person that she is. May God strengthen each of you in the days ahead.
    Lloyd and Becky Beatty

  • Bud called me about a month ago and we had a nice talk as I had sent a birthday card to him in April but because of the many moves it got lost and he just found it in September and was so happy to call me as we share birthdays his on the 28th and mine on the 29th. He never mentioned that he wasn’t feeling well.
    I am so happy that we got to talk. I know Don will be there to welcome him into heaven. My deepest deepest sympathy to the whole family.

  • Where does one begin when attempting to express how one spirit in human form has touched so many lives?

    Bud in many ways was like a father to me. As a teenager, I was blessed to be accepted into the Barr family, often spending more time in their home and working on the farm than at my own home with my own family.

    Bud taught me many things about working a farm, but it was his gentle, loving nature that had the deepest impact on my soul. Aways kind, with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. I was blessed to have known him for more than 30 years!

    My prayers are with you Patty, Mom Barr, Christy, Jennifer and David. I hold precious thoughts of you all in my heart.

    Love you all!

  • Barb and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Bud’s passing and your loss. His gentle spirit will be missed in this world. Our comfort comes in knowing we will see him again!

  • Barb and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Bud! You and your Family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ben Brown and Family.

  • We are so sad at the passing of Mr. Barr. Dad Christopher said he would really have liked to come out for the services, but no one was able to make the trip just now. Please know that we are there with you in our thoughts and prayers. We are praying for peace and comfort and send our love to you all.

  • God Bless And a heartfelt Thank YOU, PFC Barr for your service in The 78th. Antiaircraft Bat. United States Army….. RIP ….. And Semper Fi. Soldier