Robert (Bob) Dale Barr, 88, went to his heavenly home on Jan. 29, 2019.
His firm belief in God and strong Catholic faith helped him pass peacefully. He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on March 4, 1930, to Edith and Clarence Barr. The family moved to Brookings, S.D., in Bob’s teen years, where he graduated from high school and SDSU with a pharmacy degree.
While in college, he met Mary Karolevitz, whom he wed on June 8, 1951.
Bob’s pharmaceutical career as a district manager for Lederle Laboratories brought them to Edmonds in the Pacific Northwest in 1962, and on to Langley from 1968 through 2015. He retired in 1990.
Bob and Mary truly enjoyed their lives on Whidbey Island. They raised four children, treasured their many friends and their time spent at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club and St. Hubert Catholic Church.
Bob was athletic and loved sports, especially basketball – playing and watching games. They were season ticket holders to the Seattle Sonics for several years.
Another favorite pastime was beachcombing with family, friends and the many canine companions they had over the years.
Retirement was spent “snowbirding” to Palm Desert, Calif., where he worked on perfecting his golf and tennis skills. Bob and Mary moved from Palm Desert to Anthem, Ariz., in May 2017.
He is survived by four children: DruAnne (Jim) Chapados, Tom Barr, Susan Drnec and Connie (Gary) Reimann, along with nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by brother-in-law, Tom Allegretti and sister-in-law, Marge Barr, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by Mary, his wife of 66 years, sister Ethel Allegretti, and brother Don Barr.