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James E. Barbe

July 23, 1937 ~ May 26, 2017 (age 79)

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James E. Barbe, 79, of Bristolville, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017 at Washington Square VA Hospice Center in Warren, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was born July 23, 1937 in North Bloomfield, the son of Stanley and Mary Kathine (Kelgore) Barbe.

He attended North Bloomfield High School before entering in to the United States Army in February, 1956, serving his country until his honorable discharge in 1962.  While in the Army, he spent 1956 to 1958 attending cooking school in the Quartermaster 46, Munich, Germany.  He then joined the 8 Infantry Division HQ CO 3 Battle 61 Infantry 5 Division in Mainz, Germany, where he met his wife, Brigitta Eva Pfeffer from Dresden, East Germany.  They married May 20, 1958 and had four sons together.

Jim was self-employed as a truck driver for 28 years, then worked for Bock Transfer until he retired.  He was a life member of American Legion Post 540 in Cortland, a member of the 40/8 of Warren, a member of the Trumbull County Honor Guard, which he enjoyed doing, and a member of the Master Mason Lodge 529 of Cortland.

Preceding him in death are his wife of 59 years, Brigitta (Pfeffer) Barbe; his parents, Stanley and Mary (Kelgore) Barbe; three brothers: Robert “R.J.”, William “Bill”, and Ralph Barbe; and a sister, Martha Barbe Bates.

Surviving are four sons: Rickey (Betsy) of Warren, Ronney (Teresa) of Mineral Ridge, Randey (Carol) of Garrettsville, and Rodney (Vicki) Barbe of Bristolville; fifteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dora Mae Peterson of North Bloomfield.

Friends may call 10:00 am to 12:00 noon Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Staton-Borowski Funeral Home. Interment with full military honors will follow at Sager Cemetery in Bristolville.  Masonic services will be conducted at 10:00 am Thursday at the funeral home.  Material contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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