Vernon Charles Barr, June 16, 1916 — March 23, 2014, of Columbia

Monday, March 24, 2014 | 5:12 p.m. CDT; updated 4:19 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vernon Charles Barr, 97, of Columbia, MO, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 23, 2014 with his wife by his side.

Visitation will be from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Friday, March 28, 2014, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 1:30 pm, and burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. A Celebration of his life will be held at Tiger Place (2910 Bluff Creek Dr, Columbia, MO 65201)from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Vernon was born June 16, 1916, near Hartville, MO to Archie Alvin and Lillian Addie Pownall Barr. He graduated from Hartville High School, Southwest Baptist College and received a B. S. in Vocational Agriculture, University of Missouri. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. On July 6, 1944, he married his college sweetheart, Jeanne Taylor, and she survives. They raised four children: Carolyn VanSciver, Bonnie Morgan, David Barr, and Jayme Nobles. He is also survived by three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Vernon taught science related classes for 34 years before retiring in 1982. He continued his memberships and volunteering with Audubon Society, Central Missouri Rock and Lapidary, Friends of Rock Bridge, Boone County Historical Society, and was a Lifetime Deacon of the First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Missouri Rock Club (1601 N. Earthland Rd, Columbia, MO 65202) or charity of your choice.

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