Donald W. Barr

January 01, 1914 ‒ March 20, 2001

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Donald W. Barr, age 87, of Lexington Avenue and Singer Island, FL, died Tuesday morning March 20, 2001, in his home.

He was born January 1, 1914 in Ashland to Burton H. and Eva Hout Barr, both descendants of Richland County early pioneer settlers.

He was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1932 and attended Mansfield Business College.

Early in life Don worked in the circulation department of the former Mansfield News, then with Richman Brothers. His job with The Shelby Salesbook Company led him to Division Sales Manager in New Jersey and later New England.

In 1948 he returned to Mansfield and formed Don Barr Associates, Inc. for the sale of business forms and systems.

In 1957 he founded Don Barr, Inc., a 3M Business Products Center, a distributorship for the first dry copying machines. He opened a similar dealership in Lima in 1958.

Don also served as president of Systems & Services, which sold Control-O-Fax and Microfilm products in the Mansfield and Montgomery, AL, areas.

He was past president of the National Business Forms Association, The Printing Counselors Guild and Richland County Junior Achievement. He was a member of Westbrook Country Club and the Richland Bank Advisor Board, and attended Berean Baptist Church.

Don occasionally wrote essays for the Mansfield News Journal and the Palm Beach Post.

At age 83, he wrote the highly acclaimed book “Wisdom for Sales.” He considered this book his legacy…a repayment to the profession he loved, that had treated him so generously.

He is survived by his wife Jean I. Ostrander Barr, whom he married October 13, 1950; two daughters and a son-in-law Donna-Jeanne Barr of Rocky River and Melanie C. & Tim Staker of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada; grandson Myles D. Staker; granddaughter Ivy Jeanne Staker; his sister Mary Frances Schmotzer of Mansfield; a nephew Jac A. Carrick and a niece Susan Schmotzer Arnold.

He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Cindy Barr, killed in a 1978 automobile accident.

Friends may call Friday March 23, 2001 from 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 am. The Rev. David J. Pound and The Honorable Judge Ron Spon will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to MedCentral Health System Foundation may be made at the funeral home.