Ned E. Barr, age 81 passed away Monday morning, September 24, 2018 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. He was a resident of Bargersville.
Ned was born September 28, 1936, in Oakland City, to his parents, the late Russell J. and Frances Louise (Curtis) Barr. He was a 1954 graduate of Winslow High School and went on to serve as a 2nd Class Petty Officer with the Ninth Naval District of the United States. While in the Navy, he was trained as a Sea Bee Heavy Equipment Operator specializing in crane and earth mover construction equipment. Ned served in Morocco, North Africa and on the Grand Turk Island of the Virgin Islands. He also served four months in the Antarctic as a member of a Summer Support Unit.
After his release from the military duty, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 1964. While at Purdue, he married Ellen Duane “Dee” (Cacia) Barr on July 1, 1961 in Newburgh. She preceded him in death on June 19, 2004 after 42 devoted years of marriage.
After college graduation Ned began working with the Indiana Department of Transportation where he worked for 36 years and 6 months for the Highway Department as an Assistant Project Engineer. Projects included Interstate 70 and contracts in Marion County. He spent his last 26 years in various managerial positions in the Highway Central Offices. Ned received various honors from Indiana Governors including the Distinguished Employee upon his retirement.
Ned and Dee had two boys Vince and Chris. God blessed Ned and Dee as they were able to watch their 2 boys and 5 grandchildren grow up and participate in sports at Franklin Community Schools. Ned also enjoyed being President of the Franklin Boys Club for several years where he also coached Boys and Girls basketball teams.
Ned was a member of Gideon’s International since 1993, where he served various offices focusing on church presentations by Gideon Speakers. Ned enjoyed his Gideon work and made many lifelong friendships with more than 50 church pastors in Johnson County. Other memberships include, 50 year member of the Banta United Methodist Church and a 40 year member of the Masonic Union Village Lodge 545 in Providence. Ned was also a member of the Morgantown Senior Center.
Ned married Georgina Rowland on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012 at the Chapel area in Cana of Galilee, Israel where Jesus turned the water to wine. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2016.
In his spare time, Ned enjoyed traveling and volunteering his time, transporting patients to the Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis for 17 years. He was also known to many as the “Mole Man” and would help people remove moles from their yard with his special formula.
Ned is survived by his loving sons, Chris (Dawn) Barr of Bargersville and Vincent (Annette) Barr of Franklin; grandchildren: Andrew (Danielle) Barr, Shelby (Jake) Moran, Alyssa Barr all of Franklin, Ross Barr of Bargersville and A.J. Barr of Franklin, great grandchildren: Hadleigh and Rayeli, sister, Jeannine (Alan Steve) Potter of Oakland City and Ned’s dog, Tommy.
Ned was preceded in death by his first wife: Ellen Duane “Dee” (Cacia) Barr, second wife Georgina (Rowland) Barr, and siblings: Stanley Barr and Lemoine Barr.
The Rev. Bill VanHorn will conduct a Celebration of Life Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 7th the Banta United Methodist Church, 6594 Banta Road in Bargersville. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, October 6th at the church. Services have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown. Inurnment with Military Rites will be at Oddfellows Cemetery in Waverly.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Ned to the American Cancer Society: 5635 West 96th Street Ste. 100 Indianapolis, Indiana 46278 or to the Alzheimer’s Association: 50 East 91st Street Ste. 100 Indianapolis, IN 46240 or to Gideon’s International: P.O. Box 97251 Washington, DC 20090.
Condolences to the Barr family can be made at www.meredith-clark.com
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm