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Robert Henry Barr

Obituary for Robert Henry Barr

October 25, 1929 - April 11, 2020
Sugar Grove, Illinois | Age 90


"Nothing great is ever achieved without enduring much." – St. Catherine of Siena - This quote quickly comes to mind as we reflect on the passing of Robert Henry Barr this past Saturday. Born into a small, rural farming community of DeKalb, IL on October 25, 1929, to Henry and Eva (Hart) Barr two days before the stock market crash, Robert would begin his life in a time of great tribulation. Robert's early life was spent following in his father's footsteps tending to the family farm. It was during this time that he learned valuable life lessons of loyalty, dedication, fortitude, the value of hard work, and a personal connection to the land; all of which would guide him throughout his life. However what stuck with him the most, and was graciously on display throughout Roberts's life, was his love for his Catholic faith.

Robert went on to study mechanical engineering in college, but postponed his studies after feeling the unique call to tend the land and help provide for his family. It was during this time that he would meet the love of his life, Jean Bend at a dance, whom he would later wed on June 29, 1953. Life had other plans for Robert when he was drafted into the U.S. Army the following year taking him and his family to Europe. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1956, Robert, with his growing family, decided to go back to college and finish his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Robert graduated with honors while caring for a family, carrying out his remaining military duties, and working a full-time job. Upon graduation, Robert applied his engineering degree at the Aurora, IL Armor Dial soap plant for many years. Never losing sight of his passion for farming that was instilled in him during his youth, Robert would eventually leave Armor Dial and farm full-time on his farm in Sugar Grove, IL.

Throughout the course of their marriage, Robert and Jean had six children (Patricia (Dana Austin), Teresa (Michael Konen), Barbara (Ronald Schoo), Margaret (Terry Galles), Edward, and Kelly (Don Murphy) who could not have asked for a better father and role model. Even amidst all of the personal, financial, political, and social uncertainty that existed during his life, Robert was always the reliable stoic. He leaned on his intellect, faith, and sense of duty to overcome the adversity that would confront him and his family. He was always willing to help and die to himself if it was in the best interest of those he loved. Robert achieved true greatness in his life, and became a great man in the process. He will be missed, but never forgotten by his family and the many people he so positively impacted during his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister (Margaret Smith), brother (James Barr) and son-in-law Dana Austin.

His wife Jean, their children, and families will hold a Memorial Mass followed by military honors when his family and friends can congregate and share tears, hugs and stories at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S055 Dugan Rd., Sugar Grove, IL. A private graveside service was held at St. Mary's Cemetery in DeKalb with Fr. Bob Jones officiating.

Memorials may be directed to Waterleaf Women's Pregnancy Center, 3055 E. New York St., Aurora, IL 60504.

Memorial Mass to be held at a later date

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church
8S055 Dugan Rd.
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

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