Richard M. Barrett was born in Skidmore, Missouri on April 15, 1924. He was one of a set of twins of four children born to Floyd R. and Okalla (Suttle) Barrett. Richard graduated from Skidmore High School and entered the University of Missouri.
He then was drafted into the U.S. Army and served overseas during WW II. His service record included earning the Silver Star for action in France, Germany, and Austria, with specific action against Germany's Nordwind Campaign; the southern portion of the Battle of the Bulge-Belonging to 3rd Bn, 232 Infantry, 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division Action award; the Combat Infantry Badge; and for serving in major battles of Central Europe, Rhineland, Alsace, and Ardennes. He also was a part of liberating Dachau Concentration Camp, and one of his fondest memories was when a young Jewish man ran down the road to greet Richard with a hug and a “thank you.”
On November 22, 1950, he married Bernice J. Ohlensehlen in Corning, Missouri. They became the parents of five children. Richard and Bernice were married for 52 years before she passed away in 2003.
Richard completed his BS in Agriculture Education and his Masters’ Degree in Education at the University of Missouri. He taught high school Vocational Agriculture at Craig, Tarkio, and Mound City, Missouri.
After retiring from teaching he was employed by USDA as Field Man, Holt County Farm Service Agency and Compliance Assistant, Northwest District Farm Service Agency. Richard served as Holt County Missouri Extension representative, Chair of Holt County Extension Council, a County Representative to Northwest Region of Missouri Extension Council, and Ag Chair of Northwest Missouri Extension Council.
He was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Westboro, Missouri, an active member of the Masonic Lodge, and a life member of the Paul P. Shutts American Legion Post 121.
Richard passed away on January 14, 2020, at a Nevada, Missouri care center.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bernice in 2003; their son, Richard “Rick” in 1998; brother, James; and sister, Elinor Gurnon.
Survivors include his children, Dianne (Larry) Furbeck, Rob (Susan) Barrett, Cathy (Bob) Summers, and Christie (Randy) Heldstab; daughter-in-law, Nancy Barrett; special, long-time family friend Kevin Livingston; grandchildren, David (Lee) Furbeck, Darren (Wendy) Furbeck, Lori Beth (Tyler) Myers, Travis Barrett, Dallas (Lacey) Barrett, Adam (Angela) Barrett, Seth (Jill) Barrett, Blake (Janna) Robertson, Greta Barrett, Lauren Summers, Meghan (Andrew) Cameron, Jaimie Heldstab, Sarah (Adam) Bettis, and Emily (Mike) Durig; great grandchildren, Cameron Furbeck, Christian Furbeck, Amanda (Corey) Stottlemyre, Claire Furbeck, Carson Myers, Colin Myers, Kainon Barrett, Drycen Barrett, Bronx Barrett, Matthew Barrett, Elizabeth Barrett, Tyne Robertson, Niya Robertson, Henry Cameron, Summer Cameron, Barrett Durig, and Everett Durig; one great-great grandchild, Ryan Stottlemyre; twin brother, Robert Barrett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family visitation: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Chamberlain Funeral Home, 1705 Ridge Dr, Mound City, Mo. Funeral services with military honors: Mon., Jan. 20, 2020, 10:30 am, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 22186 State Highway B, Westboro, Mo. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery, State Highway DD and Burr Oak Rd (GPS Coordinates: 40.2957300, -95.1600500), Skidmore, Mo. Memorials: St. John’s Lutheran Church or Heartland Hospice, c/o Rob Barrett, 13814 E. Parade Rd, Nevada, MO 64772. Online condolences may be left at www.chamberlainfuneral.com.
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