James Robert ‘Jim’ Barr | News, Sports, Jobs
Jacques-Robert “Jim” Barr, 86, of Martinsburg, died Monday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Eldorado, Altoona, the son of the late Henry Clayton Barr and Elizabeth A. (Hartman) Barr.
On June 28, 1969, he married Linda L. Young at Martinsburg United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 52 years, Linda; three sons: Michael D. (Cathy) Barr of Apex, North Carolina, Joseph M. (Laurie) Barr of Plum Borough, and Matthew G. (Nicole) Barr of Mountain Top; five grandchildren: Shannon, Elizabeth, Michael, John and Julia; one brother, Charles R. Barr of Martinsburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim was predeceased by four sisters: Dorothy A. Geist, Helen E. Petee, June Marjorie Shope-Whetstone and Pauline G. Banks.
He graduated in 1954 from Morrisons Cove High School in Martinsburg. Jim served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1960, working as a stevedore on the USS Sagita, sailing up the Atlantic coast.
After his service, Jim opened a shop in Martinsburg, where he printed logbooks for use by airline pilots. He then began his career for the United States Postal Service, working as a clerk in the Martinsburg office for 30 years.
He retired in 2000 and has had many hobbies, especially gardening and canning. His specialty was dill pickles, but he also canned beets, stewed tomatoes, grape juice and sauerkraut. Jim was delighted to share these possessions with his friends and family.
After harvest, fall was Jim’s favorite time of year because he loved hunting and football, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions. Jim was proud that his three sons graduated from Penn State and frequently attended games together.
Family was everything to Jim and being a father and grandfather were his greatest joys. He loved to travel to visit his sons and their families. He was a wonderful grandfather and his grandchildren have so many memories of fun times with him, from the massive Easter egg hunts he held on his lawn to his annual fireworks and barbecues.
Jim was an active member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Martinsburg, where he sang in the choir and was a presbytery member. He has also been active in community organizations, including as a member and past president of the Martinsburg Lions Club.
Friends will be received from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 29, 2022 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Martinsburg, where a funeral service with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at the church, with Pastor Betty J Royer officiating. Private interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.
Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.
Memorial contributions in Jim’s memory may be given to UCC St. John’s, 117 E. Julian St., Martinsburg, PA 16662.