Herman Franklin Barber

Herman Franklin Barber


Barber, Herman obit picHerman Franklin Barber died at the age of 86 peacefully at his home on May 4, 2015. He was born February 8, 1929, to Henry and Elsie (Miller) Barber in Edmond, Oklahoma. As a lifelong resident of Edmond, he worked as a farmer before owning Barbers Conoco for many years. He also worked as a distributor and a district manager for Mac, Matco, and Cornwell tool companies, until his retirement. Herman was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He served his country from February 1946- February 1948. His service was in the Asiatic and Pacific theatre. He also participated in the occupation of Northern China in 1946-1947. A buddy in the marines introduced him to the love of his life, Betty Burns. They were married on May 4, 1948. As his time was near the end all he wanted was to live until they could celebrate 67 years of marriage together.

He is preceded in death by his son Donald Ray Barber, a son in law James Heltcel, his parents, 5 brothers, and 1 sister. He is survived by his wife Betty of the home, 2 daughters, Cecelia Heltcel, Marilyn and husband Jimmie Priest of Edmond, son Jerry Barber and wife Patsy of Bartlesville, daughter in law Kathy Barber of Duncan, 11 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, sister Helen Henderson of Edmond, an aunt Ruby McDaniel of Edmond, and a host of relatives and friends.

Services will be held at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel, 601 S. Kelly in Edmond, Oklahoma on Friday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m.. The family will receive visitors on Thursday evening May 7th at Matthews Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Any special remembrances may be directed to the American Cancer Society. The family wishes to thank Crossroads Hospice and Home Care Assistance for the love and care given to our dad over the last few months.

3 thoughts on “Herman Franklin Barber”

  1. Joann (Lewis) Stupansky

    What a legacy he has left! He set a good example for his children and grandchildren and was a man of integrity. I personally always saw Herman as a kind and gentle man. I would like to think he met up with my Mother and Sister shortly after stepping though the Pearly Gates on to those Streets of Gold. My heart goes out to your family as I feel you are also a part of our family. God bless and keep you!

    In Loving Memory,


  2. My thoughts and prayers are with Betty and all of the family. I have many happy memories of the times Eldon and I spent together with them when we lived in Mason Hills in Edmond. We had so much fun playing games and getting together. They will be missed by everyone.

    Helen Provine

  3. Lynneka & Trish Bourne

    Jerry and Patsy, we extend our Sympathies to your Mother, and the Barber Family. The loss of a Father is very difficult, they were our Leader, our Best Friend, and wore so many hats.. Dad was the one who spoke softly, yet had the bite when it was required, Dads showed us how to become prepared for the Life of our Dreams with his input, guidance, and when needed a corrective kick in the Butt tough Love.

    Dad provide our Roof over our head, Food for our table, Clothes to fight the Winter cold, took us swimming on those Hot summer days and taught us how to fish..
    Dad provided for our Family even when times were tough and explained how a penny was a dollar when you got 100 of them, and how short a penny was a bad thing, not good.

    He was known for his Honesty, Integrity, Compassion and being willing to come to the aid of Family, Friends, and Strangers alike. We lost Pops back in 2008 and there is a void even today yet.,

    Praise be to our Heavenly Father for saving our Parents from a longer pain and suffering. Father we humbly ask for entry to your Home Mr. Herman Franklin Barber relieved of duty as a watcher for 86 years, and Father please be with his Family and Friends during their sorrow, assuring them that Herman is being cared for, and shall suffer no more pain, sorrow, and shall prepare for them a Home above this troubled World.. Amen!

    RIP SIR! Semper Fi!

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