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In Memory of

Merton A. Barr

February 4, 1936 - September 11, 2017

Obituary


Merton Barr, 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 11, 2017, at UnityPoint Methodist Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday September 15, 2017 at West Des Moines United Methodist Church with burial at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines, IA.

Merton was born February 4, 1936, in Des Moines, IA to Merton and Mary (Enlow) Barr. He graduated from North High School in 1953 and from Capital City College in 1955. In college he met and...

Merton Barr, 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 11, 2017, at UnityPoint Methodist Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday September 15, 2017 at West Des Moines United Methodist Church with burial at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines, IA.

Merton was born February 4, 1936, in Des Moines, IA to Merton and Mary (Enlow) Barr. He graduated from North High School in 1953 and from Capital City College in 1955. In college he met and married his wife, Louise Erdman.

Merton's first job as a teenager was delivering bicycles for his father's business, Barr Bicycle Shop. He was employed 35 years by Veterans Memorial Auditorium. For most of his life, he attended Gatchel United Methodist Church until it closed and then became a member of West Des Moines United Methodist Church.

Family and friends were very important to him including get togethers for birthdays, holidays, any excuse to play cards, or going out to eat. When he wasn't able to go in somewhere, he would love to just take a drive. Merton felt it was an honor and privilege to attend his children and grandchildren's ballgames, concerts, and plays.

In retirement, he was able to devout more time to his passion for trains and even built a model railroad layout in the basement. Merton was an avid reader, crossword puzzle player, musician, Drake Basketball fan, and he finally got to see his Cubs win the World Series.

Merton is survived by his wife of 61 years, L. Louise (Erdman) Barr; three children, David (Bernita) Barr of Alleman, Stephen (Beth) Barr of Webster Groves, MO, and Susan (Greg) Lynch of Clive; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Brandon, and Emily Barr, Madeline and Anna Barr, and Katelyn and Isabelle Lynch; brothers-in-law, Richard Dalbey and Wayne (Nancy) Erdman of Waukee; sister-in-law, Donna (Erdman) Adamson of West Des Moines; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Margaret Dalbey; and brother-in-law, Edward Adamson.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to West Des Moines United Methodist Church or Iowa Food Bank.