Wayne Richard Barber, 88, of Ukiah died Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in La Grande, Oregon. He was born August 3, 1927, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the fifth child of William and Maggie (Hughes) Barber. The family moved to Oregon when Wayne was three years old, settling in Stanfield, where Wayne attended school.
In 1946, Wayne joined his brother James in Ukiah to work on a ranch. He married Elizabeth Ann Sheff in July of 1950, and the couple had four children. Except for a brief time in Central Point, Oregon, Wayne lived in Ukiah for the rest of his life. He worked on local ranches for several years, and then worked in the logging industry. He loved his time in the woods. In 1970, Wayne took a job with the Oregon Department of Transportation, held until his retirement in 1989.
Wayne enjoyed everything outdoors: fishing, hunting, and camping. He pulled his kids and their friends in his boat as they learned to water ski. He was accomplished at wood working and gardening. He enjoyed caring for his home and lawn. Until recently, Wayne remained active, riding his bicycle or walking nearly every day.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth (Bettie) of Ukiah; four children, Arla (Paul Gammond) of Pendleton, Don (Judy) of Heppner, Clint (Norma) of Ukiah and Pamela (James Steinke) of Terrebonne; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; sister Ethel and brother Earl. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Opal and Clemma, and brother James.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016, at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Ukiah School gymnasium in Ukiah, Oregon.
Interested persons may attend viewings at the Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop in Pendleton, Oregon, on Wednesday, April 13, 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wayne’s name to either the Ukiah Senior Center or the Ukiah Cemetery Fund, through the City of Ukiah office.
Following the service, the family will provide a late luncheon. Friends who want to help may bring desserts to share as we honor the memory of our gentle and loving husband, father, grandpa and friend.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.pioneerchapel.com