The Lord took George to heaven to reunite him with the love of his life, Rosalee, on February 5, 2013. George passed peacefully, at home with his loved ones surrounding him. He was born on August 19, 1928 in Midland, son of the late Frederick and Lois (Dunn) Barber. George married his love, Rosalee Smith on December 10, 1949 in Shepherd.
George was an avid golfer. He spent the last thirteen years of his life golfing and bowling. He had many friends that he enjoyed these sports with. George graduated from Midland High School in 1948. He played, baseball, basketball and football while in high school. George went on after high school to play Fastpitch Softball for Nick's in 1963 1964, and 1965. On October 25, 2003 he was inducted into the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame for his participation in the 1963 and 1964 season. George also played for the Homer Methodist Church softball team.
George served in the National Guard and received an Honorable Discharge in 1954. He played for the softball team in the National Guard as well. George was a great hitter, and was well like by all of his team-mates.
George was a wonderful father and grandfather, loved by all. He is survived by his children, Lois (Steve) Thomas, Pamela (Bill) Johnson, Michael F. Barber and George E. Barber, Jr.; nine grandchildren, Tammy Kaiser (James Robishaw), Kendra (Kent) Nichols, Billy Johnson, Troy Johnson (Heather Wallace), Michael (Valarie) Barber, Jennie Barber, Jolynn Barber, Zackary Barber and Ted Swift. He also has 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Milton (Lillian) Barber and his sister Myra Fleming and numerous nephews and nieces who all adored him.
He was predeceased by his wife Rosalee, his parents, His sister Dennie Young, his brother Fred Barber, and his brother-in-law, Terry Fleming.
Funeral services for George will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday February 9, 2013 from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Chapel, 1200 West Wheeler Street, Midland. Pastor David Howard of Holy Mission Ministries in Saginaw will officiate. George's family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 on Friday, February 8. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider MidMichigan Hospice or the American Lung Association.