James Barr

James Barr

James Barr


James Owen Barr was born July 3, 1943, to Owen and Esther (Miller) Barr, in Newton, Iowa. James passed away May 3, 2024, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

James attended country elementary schools and graduated from Monroe High School. He then attended Buena Vista College where he played baseball for the BV Beavers. James graduated with a teaching degree.

James was united in marriage to Connie Lou Nolin, and to this union four children were born: Shawn, Kimberly, Rebecca, and Jennifer.

James began his career as a schoolteacher and coach in the BGM schools (Brooklyn, Gurnsey, and Malcom.) He spoke fondly of these years of teaching and coaching basketball, track, and softball. Eventually he went into insurance sales and had a successful 40-year career.

James was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and served on the State of Iowa camping board for several years.

James enjoyed sports and the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed mushroom hunting, golfing, searching for Indian artifacts, and following sports – especially high school sports. He loved his family and particularly enjoyed participating in outdoor activities with them.

Those left to honor James’ memory are his children: Shawn (Delana) Barr, Kimberly (Tim) Beard, Rebecca (Steve) Woody, and Jennifer (John) Kramer; 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Ron Barr.

James was preceded in death by his parents Owen and Esther Barr, and his sister Lavon Dunkle.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 9, at the United Methodist Church in Monroe. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, May 10, also at the United Methodist Church in Monroe. Memorials may be given to Grace Fellowship Church. The Garden Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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