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Official Obituary of

Richard Dean Barber

May 24, 1941 ~ July 24, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Richard Barber Obituary

Celebration of Life service for Richard Dean Barber of Marietta, Oklahoma will be held at 10:00 am Saturday August 5, 2023, at All Faith Christian Church, 961 North Highway 77, Marietta, Oklahoma.

Richard was born Saturday May 24, 1941, in Marietta, Oklahoma to Aubrey Smith and Sibyl Lenora (Mills) Barber and died Monday July 24, 2023, at his home in Marietta at the age of 82 years and 2 months.

Richard had attended school in Marietta. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having enlisted on February 29, 1960, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was discharged on January 31, 1963, at Camp Pendleton, California. While in the Marine Corp he received a Marksman Badge for the M-1, 30 caliber, rifle and served as a Mess Cook. He married Janet Dugger on January 12, 1983, in Gainesville, Texas and had just celebrated 40 years of marriage. He held numerous jobs throughout his life, doing what was necessary to provide for his family. He was a caring, kindhearted, hardworking, and giving man. He learned the carpentry trade from his dad, and he was doing what he loved to do if he was building cabinets or houses from the ground up. Working with wood was a true passion. He adored his grandchildren and was an avid storyteller of the old days or any days for that matter! He was a member of the American Legion and was a co-founder of the Love County Gunfighters Club.

Richard is survived by his wife, Janet Barber of Marietta, Oklahoma; children, Jason Barber and his wife Jessica of Marietta, Oklahoma, Jodi Ray and her wife Dawn of Lone Grove, Oklahoma, Matt Barber and his wife Tammy of Marietta, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Taylor, Cody, Nathon, Alysa, Noah, Joshua, Colle; great-grandchild, Ella; sisters, Patsy Williams of Lewisville, Texas, Deborah Murray of Granbury, Texas; daughter and son of his heart, Cassandra and Gunner Ayars of Texas and a host of nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy, and Sammy Joe Phillips; brother, Paul Wayne Barber; stepdaughter, Jessica Hartman and nephew, Kerry Kurkendall.

Online condolences and remembrances may be left for the family at  Arrangements are under the direction of John David & Laura Black Griffin and Laurel Funeral Home, 665 Fifth Street, Healdton, Oklahoma 83438 (580) 229-1221.

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Celebration of Life
August 5, 2023

10:00 AM
All Faith Christian Center
961 North Highway 77
Marietta, OK 73448


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