|Birth: ||Nov. 22, 1921|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 2011|
Fulton, Ill. - William E. "Bill" Barber, 90, of 15936 Ebson Road, Fulton, died Sunday, December 18, 2011, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, Ill.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 23, at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 22, at the Fulton Chapel – Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans.
He was born November 22, 1921, in Clinton, to Lawrence H. and Mary A. (Entwistle) Barber. Bill was educated in the Irving Grade School, Clinton, and was a 1939 graduate of Clinton High School. He graduated from the University of Akron in 1952 with a civil engineering degree. He married Marilyn June Bloor in 1946. He married Harriet Hicks-Wilson on December 21, 1954, in Morrison. She died February 2, 2004.
Bill served with U. S. Army Combat Engineers as a Technician 4th Grade during World War II from 1943 to 1946. He was in Germany on V-E Day and was in the Philippines on V-J Day.
Bill was first employed as a construction engineer in the Panama Canal Zone and later became an admeasurer at the canal. He returned to the Clinton area in 1954 and began a six-year stint with Modjeski and Masters, building the Highway 30 Bridge and the second span of the Bettendorf Bridge. He later joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rock Island Arsenal as Chief of the Estimating Section, retiring in 1982 after 24 years of service.
Bill was a member the Clinton Church of Christ, Clinton AMVETS, Fulton American Legion Post 402 and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Clinton, Arie 705. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, crossword puzzles, reading, carpentry and woodworking. He constructed his current home which is located on the Mississippi River. Bill was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
Survivors include one son, Philip (Lynn) Barber, Akron, Ohio; two stepsons, Mike (Vicki) Wilson, Bettendorf, and Tom (Robbie) Wilson, Albany, Ill.; two grandchildren, Andrew and Michael Barber; five step-grandchildren, Sheri, Scott, Sean and Michael Wilson, and Jennifer McCunn; and one step-great-granddaughter, Maryssa McCunn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet, three sisters, Agnes Hull, Bessie Kennedy and Norma Melvin, and two brothers, Washington Barber and John Barber.
(Quad-City Times, Dec 20, 2011)
Marilyn June Bloor Guerra (1924 - 1975)*
Tec 4 US Army World War II
Rock Island National Cemetery
Rock Island County
Plot: V - 926
Created by: Paul Mack
Record added: Dec 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82166584