WOOSTER, OH — David Paul Barber, age 70, of Wooster, OH and formerly of Gillette, WY, went to live in the eternal glory of Jesus. God tells us, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Rev. 21:4,7). His spirit was lifted away on January 27, 2020 while in prayer with his loving wife of 24 years, Sara, in their home.
David was born in Union City, PA and attended school in Corry, PA. He formed close friendships with his fellow classmates there stayed over the years. His family moved to Fredericksburg, OH during his younger adolescent years and he went school at Waynedale. He has precious memories of those years too. When a senior in High School, the family moved back to PA for a time; and after graduation David made his way out to Gillette, WY, where he lived for many years. It was there that he married for the first time and raised a family, before returning to the Wooster area.
Many knew David as “Pastor Dave” or “Chaplain”. After many years as an electrician, one who carried his Bible in his toolbelt, David retired from his trade – and became more and more involved in ministry. He served as an Associate Pastor in two local churches and as a volunteer Chaplain for LifeCare Hospice. He also was on the Board for the Pregnancy Care Center of Wayne County for seven years, serving as Chair for the last four. He became a devoted member of the 555th Honors Detachment over the last couple of years, which blessed him even as he blessed others. And although David was a member of Grace Church in Wooster, the bonds of fellowship remained strong with Orrville Christian Church as well.
In addition to his wife, Sara, David leaves behind his three children: Jeffrey (Gretchen) Barber from Victor, MT, Brenda (Todd) Holden from Gillette, WY, and Trina (Fred) Lombardi from Lake Havasu City, AZ; as well as their mom, Marilyn (Tom) Howard from Gillette, WY. He also leaves behind five grandchildren: Keisha, Leigton, Zoe, Brinlee, and Daughtry, along with one great-grandchild, Myia. He hopes to welcome them all home to heaven one day!
David comes from a large and blended family, all of whom he loved dearly; including his sister, Bonnie Knox (Gerald) from Kidron/Dalton and James Barber (Carol) from Cheyenne, WY. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews held a special place in his heart as well.
Friends may call on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Grace Church in Wooster, 4599 Burbank Road, from 11:00 am to 12 noon.
Memorial services follow at 12 noon on Saturday, at Grace Church in Wooster, with Pastor Randy Moomaw officiating. A committal service will take place at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville, where military rites will be observed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare (designated for the Veteran’s Memorial), 1900 Akron Road, Wooster OH 44691 or Grace Church in Wooster, 4599 Burbank Road, Wooster OH 44691.
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home’s website @ www.aublefuneralhome.com.