Raymond H. Barber, beloved husband, father and brother, passed peacefully into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on December 1, 2012. He was 82. Ray was born in Los Molinos, California on November 2, 1930 and raised in Red Bluff, graduating from Red Bluff High School in 1949. After serving his country honorably in the Korean conflict, Ray earned a Bachelor’s degree from Chico State College in 1959. That same year, he married his wife of 53 years, Louisa and started his career in education as a teacher at Lassen View Elementary School. Ray became principal of the school in 1983 and served in this capacity until his retirement in 1992.
He had a natural gift for teaching and took pride in the positive rapport he had with his students. For many, Mr. Barber will be remembered as their favorite teacher.
Ray was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather and taking care of his family was always his first priority. He survived by his wife, Louisa Barber, son, Ray (Valerie) Barber of Chico, brothers Louis and Hurley Barber and two sisters, Ileen Graham and Lucille Arguello. Ray’s two grandchildren, Braden and Bailey, will miss their papa very much.
A Vigil will be held at 7pm on Sunday, December 9 at Hoyt-Cole, Chapel of the Flowers in Red Bluff. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 11am on Monday, December 10 at Sacred Heart Church in Red Bluff.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice or American Cancer Society.