Larry E. Barr

December 23, 1940 ‒ November 08, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Larry E. Barr passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 77.

He was born December 23, 1940 in Mansfield to parents Robert & Effie (Ohler) Barr and was graduated from Madison High School in 1958.  It was during high school he and Monya Backensto started courting; their first date with a few friends at the Friday night football game.  The couple married October 28, 1961.

Patriotic, Larry served in the Air National Guard with the 179th for six years, and also served a year of active duty from 1961- 1962.

Larry worked 19 years at Tappan in engineering and also Hydromatic Pump in Ashland, Chem Tech Consultants, and Ideal Electric before his retirement in 2005.  He also worked part time at Wade & Gatton Nurseries during retirement.

A long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Larry previously served as Sunday school superintendent and on church council.  He was a member of 4-H and enjoyed leading 4-H clubs when his children were active.  A proud supporter of his children and grandchildren, Larry was always a presence at their activities.  He was also an active volunteer with the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center.

Larry bowled every Wednesday night for many years.  In little notebooks, he kept meticulous records about every game.  Though he never scored at perfect game he did get a 299!  He was zealous gardener with pristine landscape at home.  Larry enjoyed hunting rabbit and deer.  Together he and Monya enjoyed traveling, especially their trip to Alaska.

Outgoing, Larry couldn’t go anywhere without running into a friend, and if he found none, he made a new friend.  Ornery, he loved to tell jokes and tease.  He leaves a legacy of kindness towards others and a happy disposition.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Monya Barr of Bellville; three children Lori and Terry Cutlip of Bellville, Steve Barr of Bellville and Greg and Ericka Barr of Wooster; 5 grandchildren who called him “Plain Grandpa” Melissa and Ty Jackson of Galion, Allison and Jason Nicholas of Westerville, Cory and Melinda Booth of Ontario, Ashley Barr of Lucas, and Walker Barr of Wooster; five great grandchildren Bronson and Brady Dalenberg, Brenna Nelson, Dempsey and Ayleigh Nicholas, and new baby Nicholas due in April.  Larry is also survived by brothers-in-law and sister-in-law  Bruce Steel of Bellville, and Larry and Nancy Backensto of Florida; many nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his step mother Edna (Milem Maxwell) Barr and sister Linda Steel.

The Barr family will receive friends Monday, November 12, 2018  from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Larry’s  life will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Daniel Cammarn  will speak. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in Larry’s memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Larry was a great family man to both his immediate and extended family. As his cousin, I always enjoyed being around him, especially during the many family reunions we had as children and young adults. He always had a smile and told some great stories. Even though I haven’t seen him in a few years, I will never forget the last time I saw him at a reunion. He will be missed by Linda and me.

    Love to all his family,
    John and Linda Wilcox

  • To Monya and all of your family: We offer our deepest and sincere sympathy in the passing of Larry. May all of you be blessed with many wonderful memories to comfort and sustain you during this sorrowful time. It was always very apparent what a wonderful husband, father and friend that Larry was to many.
    Sincerely, Ron and Rita Odson

  • To Larry’s Family, I send deep sympathy. He and I attended Woodville School together and on to Madison. We shared the same birthday, and Effie (who was also my 4-H leader) and my mother planned a birthday party or two to share with our Woodville classmates. I can tell from reading his obituary that he never changed from being the thoughtful, kind person I knew him to be. God Bless you all.
    Marcia Dunham Robson
    Poplar Grove, IL.

  • When the Lord calls our loved ones home he leaves a gift of memories.Larry will be greatly missed.Our deepest sympathy to Monya and families.

  • Manya and family, you have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Larry was such a good and caring person. Have found memories of 4-H projects and fairs with our children. May God Bless you all. Ed & Kathy Mawhorr

  • Enjoyed a few summers of working with Larry at Wade & Gatton. Nobody knew his way around a garden fountain better than Larry! Always pleasant, funny, helpful. He’ll be missed.

  • Greg-hugs and prayers to you and your family. I always enjoyed talking to your dad when I would see him around town. Erin (Metcalf) Craw

  • Manya and family, you have our sincere sympathy. Larry and I go back 60 years to our years in 4-H together as well as being neighbors for many years. We went to a lot of fairs and 4-H activities. We also shared many good times with our children in 4-H and at the fairs. Sincerely, Jim & Dianne Procker

  • So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I did not know that he had passed. I loved talking to him about plants and gardens.

  • Monya,
    You are in our prayers as you mourn Larry’s passing. May God surround you with his presence during this time and give you special moments to remember the wonderful years you had raising your family and living life together.
    Know that you are loved.

  • Our condolences in the passing of Larry. We traveled
    with Monya and he on several bus trips, especially
    to Cleveland Indians games. Good memories.