William Barber

Friday, Apr. 05, 2024
William Barber
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William Barber

June 3, 1926 ~ March 14, 2024

Our well-loved dad, grandpa and great-grandpa William Barber (Willie) died on March 14 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Salt Lake City on June 3, 1926 to Dominick and Jennie Madaline Barber. He grew up on the “West Side” with a house full of siblings. He graduated from West High School, then joined the Navy, where he was a motor machinist’s second mate. On September 11, 1948 he married Marge Barber, his sweetheart of 72 years.

His Margie passed away in 2020 and he has missed her every day. He worked for Safeway Stores as a truck driver for 35 years and was a proud member of the Teamsters Union Local 222 for 37 years. He was also a longtime member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

Dad was proud of his stubbornness and Italian heritage. He had a close relationship with his brothers, spending many hours together helping each other and their families planting lawns, installing sprinkling systems and painting houses. They had so much fun together and there was never a dull moment. Whatever they were doing, it always involved creating a ruckus. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, Lake Havasu and watching sports. Dad enjoyed his time tailgating at the University of Utah games. Nephi, Wasatch Mountain, Lava Hot Springs and Starvation were some of his favorite camping and boating adventures with his boys’ families. So many good friends were made through his many travels.

Most of all, Dad loved his boys, grandkids and great-grandkids. He often commented about how lucky he was to see them all grow up. We will all miss him. It will sure be quiet!

Survived by sons Dennis (Wendy) and Gerald (Nancy); grandchildren DeNise Holmes (Jeremy), Corey (Lindsey), Kevin (Kari), Natina Edgar (Nick); great-grandchildren Dane, Kellan, Brooklyn, Jamyson, Dalton, Cadence, Jaxton, Jayce; sister Elaine Kitterer; many nieces and nephews.

 Preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers Albert, Bob, Gene, John, Nick; sisters Mary, Carm, Frannie, Florence, Vi, Margaret, Emily.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the loving care provided by the staff at Sunrise of Sandy and Solstice Home Health Care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Utah Food Bank or your favorite charity.

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