[MO Fire Funeral Announce] James Barger - Non-LODD

Missouri Fire Funeral Announcement List announce at mofirefuneral.org
Sun Jan 4 21:08:33 EST 2015

James R. "Jim" Barger
July 25, 1940 - January 1, 2015
James R. "Jim" Barger, 74, Kearney, passed away January 1, 2015, from
complications of pneumonia.

Jim was born July 25, 1940, in Richmond, Mo., to Lucille Clemmons and Henry
Owen Barger. He graduated from Orrick High School in 1958. He was wed to
Frances Parker June 5, 1971. Jim worked for Ford Motor Company in Claycomo
for 35 years, retiring in 1994. After his retirement he spent another 10
years working at Great Guns in Kearney.

Jim served on the Kearney Planning and Zoning Board for a number of years.
He joined the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department (later Kearney Fire and
Rescue Protection District) in 1973 as a firefighter. He was elected to
Assistant Chief, a role in which he served until his retirement in 1999. 

In the mid 1970s, he became active at the state level with the Firefighters
Association of Missouri, where he served as Sergeant at Arms, First and
Second Vice President and as President from 1995 - 1999. During his tenure
as President, he was responsible for creating the committee and appointing
the first members for the Missouri Firefighters Memorial built in Kingdom
City. He was presented the first numbered flag to be flown over the

Jim volunteered for the State Fair Fire Department, serving in a number of
roles including Chief for the 1981 and 1982 fairs. He was also a member of
the West Central Fire Association. 

Jim and Frances loved to travel and spent several summers in Colorado where
they spent one summer working for the U.S. Forest Service.

Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Frances; two sons, Eric and Ed;
five grandchildren, Cameron, Simone, Josh, Myranda and Justice; one
great-granddaughter, Lilly; one brother, Donald; one sister, Ellen Williams;
one niece, Jennifer Maddux; one nephew, Donavon; and a great nephew,

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral
Home on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Memorial service will be Thursday,
January 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the
family suggests memorial donations to the Firefighters Memorial Foundation
of Missouri.

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