Victor Dale Barber

Victor Dale Barber

Texas, USA
Death 28 Feb 2010 (aged 88)
Washington, USA
Burial Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 55023830 · View Source
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Victor Dale Barber passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, in Clarkston, Wash., in the presence of his wife of 66 years, Florice, and other family members.

Dale was born March 16, 1921, in Sylvester, Texas, to Vic and Elmah Barber and lived in Fairbanks from 1950 until his retirement in 1979.

Dale's parents took the family from Texas to Idaho in the early 1930s and Dale graduated from Sandpoint (Idaho) High School in 1939, later attending Texas Tech University. Dale married Flo in Aug. 1943 and joined the Navy in Dec. 1943 serving in the Philippines. He received an honorable discharge in December 1945.

After World War II, Dale drove a logging truck in northern Idaho before moving with his parents, brothers and friends to Fairbanks, where they started Barber & Sons Trucking.

A respected truck driver and longtime Teamster member, Dale logged many miles throughout Alaska working for Northern Gas and Sea-Land, in addition to Barber & Sons.
In the spring of 1969, Barber & Sons Trucking made the first truck caravan to Prudhoe Bay before the road was developed. When necessary, Dale drove a D-6 cat for hours at a time to clear the way across the tundra. Dale's father, Vic, ran the mess hall from a flatbed for the drivers. Throughout the 1970s, the Barbers drove the Dalton Highway, hauling the 48-inch pipe and heavy equipment for construction of the pipeline.

Barber also ran Harley-Davidson of Fairbanks on Peger Road in the 1970s, retiring from trucking and motorcycles in 1979. Dale loved his Harleys, making frequent trips down the Alcan Highway to the Sturgis, S.D., Motorcycle Rally, earning several "Rider Traveling the Farthest" trophies. In 1979, Dale and Flo retired to Clarkston, Wash., with Flo retiring from the U.S. Post Office in 1984, while Dale spent his time as a working cowboy riding his beloved Appaloosa, Pepper, in the Blue Mountains of eastern Washington well into his 80s.

In addition to "Flo," Dale is survived by daughters Sally (Donnie) Mills of Lewiston, Idaho, Sheri (Dan) McInturff of Riverside, Calif., and son, Randy (Dana) Barber of Tempe, Ariz.; brothers, Carroll of Fairbanks and Bruce (Norma) of Anchorage; grandchildren who knew Dale as "Partner" include Gary Dixon Jr. of Anchorage, Amy (Leroy) Borling of Fairbanks, Kim (Sean) Renshaw of Nipomo, Calif., Greg (Michelle) Peede of North Pole, Debbie Dixon-Pellum of Chino, Calif., Markel (Micah) Adams of Apache Junction, Ariz. and Dylan Barber of Mesa, Ariz; 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Vic and Elmah; brothers, George Lanier "Pete" Barber, Vernon Carothers "Bob" Barber and Reade Wendell; grandson, Jeff Peede; and great-great-granddaughter, Angel Ames.

After a memorial service in Clarkston, Victor Dale Barber received a full military funeral March 5, 2010, at Lewis-Clark Memorial Cemetery in Lewiston. Published in Daily News-Miner on March 16, 2010

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  • Maintained by: Sheri McInturff
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  • Added: 16 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55023830
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Victor Dale Barber (16 Mar 1921–28 Feb 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55023830, citing Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens, Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Sheri McInturff (contributor 48034712) .