TROY — The Rev. Ronald L. Barber, 76, of Troy, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at the Springmeade Health Center, Tipp City, OH. He was born on August 14, 1937 in Muncie, Indiana to the late Fred Barber and Leah (Pingry) Barber. Ron was married to Shirley Y. (Canfield) Barber for 56 years and she preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 2012.
Ron is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Bettie and David Rountree of Middletown; Ronda and Gary Morgan of Niles, and Sherry and David Frye of Troy; six grandchildren, Joshua (Kristen) Morgan, Chelsie (B.J.) Geasa, Veronica (Adam) Higginbotham, Zachary Frye, Cameron (Lindsey) Frye and Brian Rountree; and six great-grandchildren, Kaylee Morgan, Titus Morgan, Van William Geasa, Brynn Geasa, Declan Higginbotham and Aurora Rountree. In addition to his parents and his wife, Ron was preceded in death by two brothers, Phillip Barber and the Rev. Marion “Skip” Barber.
Ron attended the Olivet Nazarene College and the Southern Nazarene University and was a graduate of Board of Credentials for Ordination. Ron was a Church of the Nazarene pastor for over 50 years including the Troy Church of the Nazarene for the past 26 years. He was active in several Church of the Nazarene Boards, as well as many local community organizations. Ron was a former bus driver with the Troy City Schools. He was an avid Gold Wing rider and certified private pilot.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, at the Troy Church of the Nazarene, 1200 Barnhart Road, Troy, with the Dr. Gary L. Morgan officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Troy Church of the Nazarene, 1200 Barnhart Road, Troy, Ohio 45373 Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.