Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Jerry L. Barber

Jerry L. Barber, age 80, of Shelby, died Sunday morning, December 4, 2022 at his home with his loving family at his side.

Jerry was born July 3, 1942 in Shelby to the late Claud and Edna L. (Richardson) Barber. A 1961 graduate of Shelby High School, Jerry became a journeyman electrician and started working for Buchman Electrical in Mansfield in the construction field. While with Buchman, Jerry helped build the first building on North Central Technical College’s campus, Shelby High School, Bucyrus High School, and Pioneer Joint Vocational School. Following Buchman’s, Jerry owned his own electrical company, Barber Electric, all while being a bus mechanic and driver for Shelby schools. A call from a former Buchman customer let him know about a position needing filled at Shelby Memorial Hospital which he applied for and was offered. Jerry spent a 30-year career at Shelby Hospital as their Director of Engineering from where he would retire in 2004 under the MedCentral leadership.

A true building engineer at heart, Jerry always had lots of projects to keep him busy even so much as building their family home and several buildings on their property. He was a longtime member of the Shelby Jaycees and had served on the Pioneer School Board and Richland County Waste Management Board. Jerry was also a longtime member of the First Christian Church in Shelby and, most recently, Grace Point in Galion.

Jerry was a man who loved his family and time spent with them, especially camping and traveling, brought him much joy. His wife of 59 years, Rebecca S. (Hursh) Barber, whom he wed on October 26, 1963, survives. Also surviving are a daughter: Dawn Barber Burkholder (friend, Tom Heinlen) of Galion; a son: Kurt B. Barber of Colorado; grandson: James Michael Burkholder; sisters: Joan (Ken) Jones of Bellville and Brenda (Lawrence) Dininger of Mansfield; sister-in-law: Bonnie (Ben) Niles of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Jerry was sure to have been greeted in heaven by his son, Trent B. Barber, who passed in 1987 and son-in-law, Dr. Michael D. Burkholder, who passed in 2004.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 from 3-6 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 6 pm. Pastor Paul Walter, Pastor of Grace Point Church, will officiate the services. His burial will eventually be with his son, Trent, in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Point (683 Portland Way N, Galion, OH 44833), Team Focus (c/o Rocky Alt, 6679 Henschend Circle, Westerville, Ohio 43082), Southern Care Hospice, (, or First Christian Church in Shelby.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Gretchen Blum says:

    My sympathies to you and your family, Brenda. Your brother must have been a wonderful guy. God bless you and comfort you. Gretchen and Gary.

  2. Linda McCoy says:

    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Worked at Shelby Hospital for about 15 years and got to know Jerry. He was always pleasant. I wish to send my deepest sympathy to his wife and family. He will be deeply missed.

  3. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  4. Phil Hursh says:

    Heartfelt wishes to you, Aunt Becky. I have fond memory of Jerry’s bigger than life arrival at one of the infrequent gatherings at Zeno and Elsie’s farm on Hazel Brush road. Jerry rolled up in big old black Cadillac, might have had red interior. Seemed like the biggest and most audacious car this five or six year old had ever seen.

  5. Beverly Johnston says:

    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s Passing. He was a really nice guy, always fun to chat with. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Elaine Stevenson says:

    So sorry for your great loss. Shelby was a special place!!

  7. Louise Clingan says:

    So sorry to hear about Jerry passing. We had a lot of good times at Shelby Hospital. I missed his sense of humor and willingness to go the extra mile to help a co-worker when I left Shelby. He was a good man.
    Praying for your whole family.
    Louise Clingan

  8. Dave and Robin Johnson says:

    Becky, Kurt and Dawn. So sorry for your loss. Jerry was such a nice guy. I owe my career of over 40 years to Jerry. He will be missed by many.

  9. Janet Eldridge says:

    I worked with Jerry at Shelby Hospital for many years. Big as a bear but a heart of gold. Not many like Jerry around. Prayers….

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