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Ralph E. Barber

Ralph E. Barber, age 72, of Shelby, died Monday, February 13, 2017 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital.

Ralph was born May 11, 1944 in Shelby to the late Harley P. and Dora Pearl (McFarland) Barber. He was a 1962 graduate of Shelby High School and was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force serving during the Vietnam era.  Ralph was the CEO of Medasys, Inc., a nuclear medicine imaging company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ralph had been a member of Jaycees, Kiwanis, was a former Boy Scout leader, and had been active with Shelby Girls Softball League. He enjoyed camping, deer hunting, genealogical research and was a devout Ohio State Buckeye football fan.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Carol J. (Elston) Barber, whom he wed on June 6, 1964 and 3 children: Angela (Mohammed) Alnidawi of Michigan, Dr. Michelle Barber (Dr. Ashlee Drover) of Iowa, and Captain Christopher (Kristin) Barber of Alabama and currently stationed in Kosovo.  While in the hospital, he was asked if he went by anything in addition to Ralph. He proudly responded, “Grandpa” and his 8 grandchildren are: Justin, Ansley and Ashlyn Mault, Connor, Carson and Charlotte Barber, and Rosie and Noah Alnidawi. Also surviving are: 3 brothers and a sister: Bob Barber of Arizona, Ken (Shirley) Barber of Mansfield, Evelyn (Don) Betts of Shelby, and Roy (Leigh) Barber of Michigan; a sister in law: Janice Eichinger of Shelby; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Harley Lavern Barber, Roger Barber; and 2 sisters: Alice Hickerson, Joyce Barber.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 5-7 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 am. Rev. Dr. Rich Rader will officiate and military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation of Ohio.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Angie Kenny says:

    My condolences to the Barber family. May you find comfort and peace in the wonderful memories of your husband and father.

  2. Linda Shorter says:

    Carol and family, so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. May God Be With You All during this sad time and bring you peace knowing he is no longer suffering and is in God’s care now. Memories will forever keep him in your hearts and thoughts. Hugs to you all!

  3. Tom Adams says:

    Carol and family, sorry to learn Ralph’s passing.

  4. Ann Cooper says:

    Carol and family, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. May you all be comforted with the strength from God and know that Ralph is not suffering anymore. Angie, Michelle & Chris I know what your are going through in the loss of your dad as well. May all the wonderful memories you have keep you and comfort you in the days and weeks ahead. In Christian Love, Ann Cooper

  5. Les & Phyl says:

    Our deepest condolences to you Roy and your family.

  6. Linda Stentz says:

    To Carol and family,
    I would like express my deepest sympathy on the loss of Ralph . I enjoyed getting know Ralph and you, Carol on the 3 Saturdays I took care of Ralph. May Jesus comfort you and your family during this difficult time and he the days to come. HUGS
    Linda Stentz STNA for First Choice.

  7. Barbara Yeager says:

    To the entire Barber Family – I was very saddened to read of Ralph’s passing. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers

    Dr. Yeager, Mansfield VA

  8. Nancy Rinehart says:

    Michelle, Carol, Angie and Chris,

    I was so sorry to read about Ralph. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. I’ll always remember the awesome grids he made for the logic puzzles!

  9. Carol lasker says:

    Roy and Lee. Just read about your brother as I was reading mom’s obituary. So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Dennis and Carol

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