Leroy ‘Roy’ Clarence Barber
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Leroy “Roy” Clarence Barber died May 24, 2009, surrounded by his family. He was 71.
Born Dec. 28, 1937, in Craig to Jean and Ole Barber, who preceded him in death, Roy was the second of their three children.
Roy grew up in Craig, where he met his wife, Ruth Muhme. They married on June 24, 1956, and were married for 53 years.
Roy moved his family to Glenwood in 1967 where he opened a television repair shop and a snowmobile business. In 1970 Roy returned to the family trade of heavy construction. He helped build Interstate 70 from Vail to Grand Junction. He was the foreman on the Homestake Dam in Leadville, and helped build the Glen Canyon and Lemon Dam in Durango.
Roy helped organize the Garfield Search and Rescue Team and was an active member for six years. Roy and the other members of the rescue team made history and became a part of the Guinness World Book of Records by playing the board game Risk for 72 hours at the bottom of the Glenwood Springs Pool as a part of a fundraiser.
Through his son, Roy Barber Jr., he became the Webelo Cub Scout Leader and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 225. Roy helped many boys transition to young men in his 14 years of service. With his guidance, the troop made dog sleds from scratch and raced an obstacle course in the Klondike Derby, earning the scouts a merit badge.
Roy was a lifetime member of the Elks BPOE Glenwood Springs No. 2286 Lodge. In 1996, Roy was nominated Elk of the year and was National Foundation chairman for several years. In a letter of recommendation, Tom Williams, a former exalted ruler, said, “Though a continuous low profile, his many contributions and commitment … have not gone unnoticed. Every lodge needs a Roy.”
Roy and Ruth enjoyed travel, seeing five continents, 20 countries and 43 states. One of Roy’s favorite places to go was closer to home vacationing with his family and friends at Lake Powell. Roy was an accomplished water skier, which was no small feat considering he had two artificial legs.
Roy enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, jewelry smithing, four wheeling, wood crafting, adventuring, exploring and anything his family was involved in.
The world was a better place with Roy in it. With his many contributions big and small, you never had to ask for encouragement or his kind words to brighten your day. He was always the first in line to help and last to go.
Survivors are his wife, Ruth Barber; son Roy (Jacci) Barber Jr. of Baggs Wyo.; daughter Sherri (William Sallaz) Barber of Fort Collins; two grandsons, Daniel and Jake Barber; granddaughter Ashley Ooley; brother Lynn Barber of Vernal, Utah; and sister Ina Faye Mack of Craig.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is Friday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family is asking contributions be made to the Clem Audit Fund at the Glenwood Springs Elks 2286 Lodge.
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