Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 6, 2013

Guy A. Barber

MANCELONA — Guy A. Barber, 91, of Mancelona and Alden, passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2013, surrounded by his family, at Munson Medical Center.

Guy was born Oct. 18, 1921, in Rapid City, the son of Merle and Carrie (Sattler) Barber.

Guy graduated from Alden High School in 1939.

After school he was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army and served as a messenger in World War II in France and Germany. He was a member at the Alden United Methodist Church since childhood.

Guy proudly served as the fire chief of Helena Township Fire Department. He worked for Super Tool in Elk Rapids and then was self employed in the excavation business.

He is survived by five children, William (Frances) Barber, of Alden, Jane "Sue" (Jerry) Roth, of Mancelona, Kenneth (Cynthia) Barber, of Rapid City, Kathryn (Patrick) Fryer, of Ossineke, and Robert (Christy) Barber, of the Upper Peninsula; brother, Leo (Ella Mae) Barber; sisters, Leda Miller and Erma Deater, all of Rapid City; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marijane in 1999; two sons, David and Rodger Barber; granddaughter, Laura Barber; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Roth; two brothers and five sisters. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at the Alden United Methodist Church, with Pastor Daniel Biteman officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please sign his guestbook at

The Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes is serving the family.

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