Obituary: Harold Barber, 66, Ludington.

March 11, 2019

Harold Barber

Obituary: Harold Barber, 66, Ludington.

Harold Dwaine Barber, 66, of Ludington, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at his home with his wife by his side.

Harold was born on February 25, 1953 in Hart, while his mother was visiting grandma.  He was raised in Muskegon and graduated from Holton High School in 1971. He was always a hard worker.  At age 11, he worked in the celery fields in Muskegon. After graduation, he worked for Silver Mills in Hart, then for Coloma Frozen Foods and other fruit plants.  He was a manager at Town Tavern in Ludington, from 1983 to 1984, when he met his wife, Vernice Lemire (Case). They married on March 2, 1985 in Ludington.

They moved to Coloma and worked while getting custody of his two daughters from a previous marriage.  They moved back to Ludington and Harold worked at Fruit Packers (Indian Summer) for 17 ½ years as an apple peeler and mechanic.  He retired in 2006 due to illness. Harold was a very easy going person and didn’t care for the feuding in the family. He loved to watch all of the cowboy shows; John Wayne was his favorite.  He loved to rock in his rocking chair, especially with his two great nephews, Silas and Savannis Case, who they babysat for over two years.

Harold is survived by his wife and true love for over 34 years, Vernice Barber; daughters, Laura (Scott) Funderberg, Sherry (Darrel) Finch, and Michelle Grabinski, all of Muskegon; 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Joanne Case; brother-in-law, Roy (Judy) Lemire, all of Ludington; sisters, Sue McLouth of Shelby and Lisa (Troy) Jasick; brothers, Brian (Darlene) Barber and Mark (June) Barber, all of Muskegon; and many nieces and nephews.  

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Betty Barber; granddaughter, Rachel Wymar of Muskegon; a very loving and caring sister-in-law, Kathy VanConant Lemire; and brother-in-law, Doug McClouth of Shelby.

Harold did not want to have a funeral.  Burial will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Ludington.

Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, www.OakGroveLudington.com.

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