Edward L. “Ed” Barr

August 03, 1935 ‒ April 14, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Edward L. “Ed” Barr of Mansfield passed away Friday evening, April 14, 2017. He was 81.

Born August 3, 1935 in Bellville to Lloyd and Arveda (Frye) Barr, Ed graduated from Lexington High School in 1953 after attending Bellville schools for 10 years.  He continued his education at The Ohio State University.  There he was inspired by his ROTC program and found his next interest in the U.S. Army.  He served from 1956 to 1962, in Friedberg, Germany for the duration of his military service.

His career in business began with four years at the Tappan Stove Company, before accepting a position with Crane Plumbing, serving them 29 years and earning the position of District Sales Manager.  Prior to managing he sold the products and, with his charisma and winning personality coupled with his strong work ethic, he won much recognition and was featured in many marketing magazines.

On December 27, 1958 he married his life partner Janice Daugherty Barr, and together they traveled extensively after Ed’s retirement.  They lived in Florida for 16 years during the winter months. He and Jan loved yard work dabbling in gardening and landscaping.  They were lifetime members of Kingwood Center.

Ed was an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church, where he served the body of Christ as Sunday school superintendant in the 1960’s and on several advisory committees.

During Ed’s active life he found time to work with young men helping to form Indian Guides in Mansfield and was instrumental in starting the local chapter of Junior Achievement.

Ed loved playing cards with family and friends, but best of all, euchre.  He was an avid follower of all of his children’s ball games.  He enjoyed cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Indians.

His surviving family includes his wife Jan, their children Brad Barr of Green Bay, WI, Michael Barr of Columbus, OH, Deborah Crosby of Lake Wales, FL, Mark Barr of Tallahassee, FL; grandsons Andrew, Ben, Jacob and Josh; and a sister Marilyn Emerson of Waynesboro, VA.

His parents preceded him in death.

His family will receive friends Monday, April 17, 2017 from 5-7 pm at the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue Tuesday at the funeral home from 10-11am where his memorial service will begin at 11 am.  Dr. DeWayne Smith will officiate.  Military honors will be conducted on the funeral home grounds and will be performed by the American Legion Post #535.

Ed’s family would like to extend a big thank you to the loving and caring staff at Mansfield Place.

Contributions in his memory to Hospice of North Central Ohio or Main Street United Methodist Church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Barr family. Send them a note how Ed touched your life – or watch Ed’s tribute video – at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Dear Jan and Family:
    Upon reading of your loss, memories of years gone by are on my mind today. Ed was a good friend, we shared many good times together over our early years during the 40’s-60’s.
    May the memories of Ed, of the happy times, of his joyful smile, his hearty laughter, and caring words help you and your family through this sorrowful time.
    God Bless you
    Dale and Mary Lou Shafer
    Winter Haven, Florida

  • Ed was a wonderful friend and a faithful member of Main Street Church.
    He will be greatly missed but because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
    on Easter Sunday we know Ed is alive, whole and happy. We shall see him
    again. Blake and Gere Wagneer

  • Dear Jan and family…You are in our prayers at the loss of someone so dear to your hearts. Continue holding God’s hand through these difficult days. We rejoice with you that he has spent his first Easter in God’s presence ! Paul and Martha, Miami, Fl.

  • Jan, I was sorry to hear of Ed’s passing, but glad to know that he is no longer in pain. I always enjoyed talking to him when I went to Mansfield Place, and I will miss seeing him there. I am sorry I couldn’t attend the memorial, but I was out of town for my aunt that passed away. If there is anything I can do for you in the days ahead, please let me know. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
    Rose (Betty’s niece)