John C. Barber Jr.

John C. Barber Jr.

John C. Barber Jr.

John C. Barber Jr., age 80, of Arkdale, Wisconsin passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019, at his home.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at the Arkdale Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, Wisconsin. Pastor Terri Skildum and Chaplain Wess will officiate. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the Church. Friends are then invited over to John’s Home, 1944 Cottonville Drive, Arkdale, WI – friends are welcomed to pass a dish.

John was born September 23, 1938, in Aurora, Illinois to John C. and Jeanette (Urban) Barber Sr.

He graduated in June of 1956 from Sandwich High School in Illinois. John enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17 while still in High School and then after graduating he served from June 13, 1956 until being honorably discharged on June 27, 1956.

He married Janet L. Hittle on November 24, 1974, in Madison, Wisconsin. They moved to Arizona in 1976
where he started his business, J. Bar Products Intl. Inc- Barrel-Lite. On April 1, 1984, he went to the Missouri Auction School in St. Louis where he graduated with the honorary title of Colonel. In the summer of 1989, he and Janet moved to Adams County.
John enjoyed fishing, hunting, and going to & putting on gun shows.
He was a member of American Legion Post #442 in Wisconsin Rapids.
John was preceded in death by his father, John C. Barber Sr.; mother, Jeanette; stepmother, Hazel Barber; stepson, James Franklin Hastings and stepdaughter, Janet L. Hastings-Fyffe.

Wife: Janet Barber
Son: John “Scott” Barber
Daughter: Bonnie (Troy) Hofslien
Son: Ted (Eliane) Snider
Son: Randy Snider
Stepdaughters: Ellen (Rodney) Shields
Violet (Dwayne) Ridgeway
Grandchildren 19 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren
Brother: Walter Barber
Brother: Bill Barber
Sister: Melody
First wife: Barb Snider

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Debbie sipla says:

    So sorry to hear janet. Prayers and my deapest condolences to you and your family

  2. Angelique Boyer says:

    Janet and family,

    It saddens our hearts to have found out of John’s passing. He was truly a wonderful, remarkable man with a quick wit, always a story to share. Dad would often bump into him and they would spend quite a bit of time talking. Our condolences on your loss.

  3. Shirley Meyer says:

    Mom n Scott sorry for your loss your always in my thoughts love ya mom Janet

  4. Shelley Lussmyer says:

    Dear Janet and Scott, I am so honored to have taken care of John. He was one of my favorite patients ever. He had the most interesting life, and I never tired of listening to him tell me about it…even though I have been in Racine for a year and three months, I will never forget your family. You were so wonderful to me, and made me feel like a member of the family right away. I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing….a light certainly has been extinguished with his loss. Love you all, Shelley (Hospice)

  5. Theresa Brown says:

    Janet (mom)
    Sorry to hear that John passed. But, at least he is out of the pain and suffering he was in. I know the last year was ruff on him. John had a hard time the last time I seen him while I was doing your taxes. He will be missed greatly not seeing him volunteering like he did or doing your taxes with him bringing them in. I know you and I can handle doing them next year.

  6. anonymous friend says:

    Sorry to hear about John he was a very interesting man enjoyed going to some farm shows with him and Ronnie. It’s too bad that people don.t get to know who someone really was until they read the obits. RIP Colonel

  7. Dennis & Peggy says:

    Sorry for your loss! John was one off a kind!

  8. pam Adams says:

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing. Pammy Adams

  9. Tonya Dye says:

    Sorry for your loss prayers sent your way

  10. Tonya Dye says:

    Sorry for your loss prayets sent your way

  11. Jim and MaryAnn Pease says:

    Jan: Sorry to read of Johns passing. Spent many hours exchanging stories. Our deepest sympathies from Sacramento California. Always loved working with you guys at Main Street Station.