December 3, 2019

Roger W. Barber

Roger W. Barber, 1944-2019

I am survived by my high school sweetheart and wife Roberta of 53 years, cats Clayboy and Daisygirl, sons Mike in Tekamah, NE and Nathaniel (Jamie) in Omaha, NE. Three sisters: Rhea (Bob) Lease in Crooks, SD, Becky (Gary) Green in Hartland, WI, and Lynn (Jim) Goodall in DeWitt, IA.

Life is all about family, friends and relationships. I was very fortunate to have been surrounded by a wonderful support group in my life and especially during the last several months. To all my friends and family, I have thought of you every day.

A gathering will take place sometime next Spring with good food and conversation. Date and time will be announced. Memorials may be given to The Cat House shelter, Pioneers Park Nature Center, or a charity of your choice. Condolences at

Some parting thoughts: plant a tree, feed the birds, visit a national park, hug your pets daily, protect our water, and shake hands with one of your best friends every chance you get.

So, as I cruise down the two-lane blacktop East of Lincoln in my low, fast and loud ’39 coupe I can feel myself slowly running out of gas. I think I will just pull over and reflect on the day. Later…


  1. Roberta, we are so sorry for your loss. You had a wonderful sweet husband. Rick and I thought some much of both of you. I hope you know that if you ever need anything all you have to do is call. Even to just drink some wine and visit.
    You are in our thoughts.
    Diane & Rick Molloy

  2. Roberta,
    Have been trying to follow Roger’s illness thru Barb (Nelson) Barber for a while now. So sorry
    For your loss. They are hard words to hear even when you are expecting it to happen. We were all thinking of you and your family at the reunion this summer. When I think of how many we have lost over the years, the number is escalating quickly, as we age. I just moved back to DeWitt to be closer to family. I am rather housebound right now. Can’t find any of my supply of sympathy cards at the moment, so this will have to do for now, but please take care and know that you are in my prayers. Your old, old, old, friend, Elaine

  3. Roberta and Family, please accept our condolences. Roger, was a very special person and friend. We have traveled a lot of roads together and I will always cherish those memories. The time I was able to spend with Roger at Cars and Coffee I will always think of with found memories. I was very honored when he asked to me sign his walking stick. I was truly blessed to have Roger for a friend and fellow gearhead. Roberta, our prayers go out to you and your boys. God Bless, Richard & Donna

  4. So very sorry for your loss. Roger will be missed at LASR events and cars and coffee.

  5. To the Barber Family. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I began my career at Molex in 1984. Roger was HR Director, he was very approachable, laid back, funny and always smiling. I was not aware of his love for cars, how fitting and awesome. Gone much to soon. May all your memories bring you joy and peace during this difficult time of sorrow.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you have many cherished memories to help you get through this time of grief. I think of you often.

  7. Roberta, Mike, Nate
    We have lost one of the best. Husband, Father and Friend.
    Brothers be proud of your Dad. He was a Good Man…
    Roberta, U were the gleam in his eye.
    To the President of The Hamburger Club: We will meet you there…
    God Bless You all
    The Hartman’s

  8. Peace and love to you and your family.

  9. Roberta and Family,Prayers to you and Family. He was a great friend to me and everyone, I enjoy being around him hearing his stories of your trips and best places for hamburgers.He will always be in my heart. There anything you need help with I will be there. Mike, JoAnn and Kylie

  10. Roberta, I am very sorry to learn of Roger’s death. Please accept my condolences. I admire how you have coped in managing this long illness journey and sense that you have added great quality to Roger’s life. Hopefully those memories will assist you in managing the pain associated with his loss. See you at the Nature Center in the spring. Merrill Crandall

  11. Bert, my sympathies and prayers. I am such an old friend, I remember when we knew Mike was coming! May those boys & your family be a comfort to you now.

  12. Was very sad to hear of his illness and passing. Have known Roger since late 1970’s when we were employed together in Norfolk. Since I moved to Lincoln in 2008 we would sometimes meet for coffee and a visit. He was a nice guy.

  13. This is one of those should’ve, could’ve, would’ve notes, but never got “around tuit”. Roger, you were the best brother a sister could’ve asked for. Since we were closest in age of the siblings, I was your “tag along”. I hiked with you and your buddies to Springbrook via the railroad track, we ice skated on Soenksen’s pond, and you and Roberta took me to a H.S. “sock hop” after a BB game. We enjoyed family camping trips to CO, the Tetons, and Yellowstone with our kids. We had great times together attending NASCAR races, also. But the best times were probably spent at the “Finn” in MN when 4 generations gathered annually for 40+ yrs. It was great that we were all able to gather one last time in Oct. in IA. You fought a losing battle these last 2yrs. and gave it your all, and then some. Roberta, Mike, and Nate were a great support team through it all and they are now supporting one another.
    So for now, it’s not good-bye, but until we meet again. Later…….


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