AVILLA - William D. "Bill" Barrett, 84, of Avilla, died on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 10:10 A.M. at the Parkview Noble Community Hospital in Kendallville. after a brief illness.
Bill was born on Jnuary 25, 1927 in International Falls, MN. to the late Willaim P. and Fayra (Mc Bride) Barrett. On January 11, 1945 at the LaOtto Wesylyn Church he married Myrtle Huff, she preceeded him in death on November 20, 2005. He lived his adult life in Noble County.
Mr. Barrett was a longtime farmer and was employed by Levins and Sons in Kendallville for many years. While working for Levins he drove semi, worked heavy equipment and was a office manager. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and during his time he was a heavy equipment operator for the CB's. He took part in building the first air strip in Guam. In the early 1970's he was a reserve police officer for the Town of Avilla, and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 240 in Avilla, and also a lifetime member of the V.F.W. in Kendallville. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, and was known for his wishing wells that he made.
Surviving are two daughters, Nancy Jo Fischer and her fiancee Larry Buckmaster of Avilla, and Billie and Alan Fordeck of Kendallville. His son, and daughter in law, Dennis and Deb Barrett of Celina, Ohio. Nine grandchildren, Tom Fischer, Tammy Manier, Amy Adkins, Mick Fordeck, Melissa Priestley, Heather Barrett, B.J. Barrett, Dawn Schnell, and Heather Bragg, 16 great grandchildren, and a sister, Lorene Turner of Utah. A friend and neighbor Maria Watson
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Myrtle, son in law, Thomas Fischer on December 1, 2002, a brother, Oakley Barrett, and 3 sisters Joyce Egolf, Darlene Black, and Shirley Blocker.
Private visitation will be held.
A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 3:00 P.M. at the Swan Township Cemetery near LaOtto. A military graveside service will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the American Legion Post # 240 of Avilla. Active Pallbearers will be Jay Priestly, Mick Fordeck, Tom Fischer, Tony Manier, Ronald Adkins, and Jerry Smith. B.J. Barrett will be an honoary pallbearer.
Memorials may be made to Parkview Noble Hospice.