Stewart K. “Stew” Barr

March 21, 1957 ‒ March 20, 2018

Delaware, Ohio
Stewart Kevin Barr, 60, of Delaware, Ohio passed away peacefully in his home on March 20, 2018.
Stewart is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Michele (nee Wiles), and his loving children, son Ethan and (Kate nee Cochran) and daughter Katelyn and (Christopher) Fisher-Barr, and his cherished grandchildren Kahl, Brogan, and Riesley Barr and Claire and Naami Fisher-Barr.  Stewart is also survived by his loving siblings Doug (Elaine) Barr, Kristen (Jamie) Hovsepian, and Gordon (Kyle) Barr, and extended family Ed and Priscilla (nee Sprano) Wiles, Susan (nee Wiles) and Hans Hinrichs, and Stephanie (nee Wiles) and Richard Thomas, and his loving nieces and nephews.
Stewart was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Peggy (nee Aanons) Barr, his brother Bruce Barr, and parents-in-law Ed and Nancy (nee Evans) Wiles.
Stewart was an accomplished pilot and founder of Hogshead Aviation.  Stewart was an avid boater and restored several Lyman boats.  He teased, “if God had wanted fiberglass boats, he would have planted fiberglass trees.”  Middle Bass Island was a summer home to Stew growing up and remained a favorite port of call throughout his life. He loved to share his boating heritage with grandson and first-mate, Kahl.
Stewart was happiest surrounded by his family, particularly his adoring grandchildren.  He recently restored several Lionel “O” Gauge trains for each one, including a custom pink engine for granddaughter Riesley and a terra-cotta orange one for Brogan.  Claire and Naami loved their Saturday morning breakfasts with “Gunduh.”  All the children in the family knew Stew was the “fun one.”  We will all miss him.
A private family service will be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.
Stewart loved all dogs (and one cat).  Any donations may be made to the Delaware Humane Society.
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  • I never met Stewart, but I’ve heard many stories – most of them funny, all of them very telling about what kind of man he was. Through the words of others, one can develop a real respect for a person otherwise never met. And so I did with Stewart.

    The Barr’s love of fun, sense of pride and civic duty, their closeness and kindness and generosity all reflect his influence and carry forward his spirit.

    My condolences to all of the Barr family and relatives and friends.

  • I was saddened to hear the news of Stew’s passing. I will remember him fondly! My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family! I hope you find peace and comfort in each other as you remember his life!

  • I am so very sad to read this. I don’t even have words. Hugs to the Barr family. You have been very special in my heart for many years.

  • I am shocked and saddened to learn of your sad sad news. I pray you can all rest in the arms of Jesus and feel His peace and love. Hugging you all from afar. Blessings, Charlene

  • To the Barr family,
    I am so deeply sorry for the passing of your husband and father. I have so many memories of your family; we shared so much together. I remember Stew’s smile and he always joking with Nettie and Katelyn. And always waving to us as he would drive down the street. I wish I was there to help you in any way I can. He was a good man and I know how much he will be missed by so many wonderful family and friends. You have so many wonderful memories to hold close to your hearts.
    Hugs to you all, Diane

  • My response to this has been “no way” repeated again and again until reading the Obituary above.

    I am shocked, saddened and spiritually have the Barr family in my thoughts and prayers. The Schaefer family is here for you emotionally and literally right around the corner.

  • Dear Michele, Ethan, Katie and family,
    Brandon just told us about Stew’s passing. We are so sad for all of you. Stew was always one of our favorite neighbors. We’ll always be thankful for expert involvement in Rich’s accident with the police officer. Stew really put himself out there for him and we are eternally grateful. Please know that our hearts are with you as you grieve. We will always think of all of you with great fondness.

  • My deepest condolences to the entire Barr Family.
    I had the privilege of knowing Stew during his time at Howe Military School. He was a wonderful person & I know he will be greatly missed.

  • Kris and Jamie, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever….

  • Dear Michele,

    Your husband said he was “so fortunate” to have you as his wife-this was a comment he made when we briefly one day talked about our families. What a lovely thing to say, and really mean, about one’s beloved wife. I’m very sorry Michele.

  • We are deeply saddened by the loss of your dear loved one. May God provide comfort and peace to your family during this difficult time. ( 2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
    May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief during this difficult time in the days to come.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your entire family. -Grace (Thomas- John and Judy’s Daughter) and Steve Nowak

  • Dear Michele & Family
    This is Ruth & Donald Boggs. We are so sorry for the news of Stewart,s passing. We
    will keep you and your family in our prayers. We have always thought of you so often,
    after spending so much time with you & and Charlene house hunting !!
    You always talked about your husband and kids…now you have those special grandkids,too .
    May you & Family feel GOD.S comfort and Strenght through this difficult time !!
    Your FRIENDS…always…..GOD BLESS ALL

  • Michele and Family ~ I’m so sorry for your loss. Cherish your fond memories ~ DeeDee & George Warden

  • Michele,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Was saddened to read of your loss.