John Gerald BarryApril 12, 1929 ~ January 8, 2018 (age 88)
John G Barry, 88, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018. John was born on April 12, 1929 to John Earl and Agnes (Murray) Barry in Frostburg, Maryland. He was the youngest of four children. John served as a corporal in the US Army infantry from February 12, 1951 through February 7, 1953. After arriving home from being stationed in Germany, John attended airline mechanic school and began working for United Airlines in 1954. His career with United Airlines as a mechanic spanned 40 years. It was one of the decisions in his life that he was most proud of, telling his children until the end to find something you love to do and it will never be work. He retired in 1994.
John would tell you the best thing he ever did in his life was marry his beautiful bride, Roxie Newcomb Barry (1939-1997) of Cherry Grove, West Virginia. Dad spent the last 20 years of his life missing Roxie and what they shared together. They have four children: Susan Barry Johnson of Arbutus Maryland; Elizabeth Barry McKiernan of DeBary, Florida; Catherine Barry Montegna and son-in-law, Carl Anthony Montegna, Jr., of Englewood; and John Martin Barry and daughter-in-law, Lisa Barry, of Centennial, Colorado.
John was blessed with seven wonderful grandchildren: Krista Marie Johnson of Baltimore, Maryland; Amie Nichole Johnson of Arbutus, Maryland; Sharon Renee McKiernan of Orlando, Florida; Carl Anthony Montegna III of Lubbock, Texas; Kevin Mitchell McKiernan of Jacksonville, Florida; Parker Andrew Montegna of Englewood, Colorado; and Samantha Marie Barry of Centennial, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Roxie Newcomb Barry; parents, Agnes Murray Barry and John Earl Barry of Frostburg, Maryland; sisters, Matilda Barry Morris of Victoria, Texas, Katherine Barry Clark of Michigan; and Catherine Fleurette Barry Brandenburg of LaVale, Maryland; and son-in-law, Jerry Johnson of Arbutus, Maryland.
John loved to go to Burger King. Every day since 1994 he went to coffee at 8AM to sit and have breakfast with his Burger King friends. He was an incredible story teller and remembered detail upon detail of things that happened decades ago. Coffee became his lifeline to the outside world besides his children and the ministers from All Souls who visited him on Sundays. John read and loved his cross-word puzzles. Prior to his retirement John loved to hunt and enjoyed outdoor activities. John was an extremely proud man who insisted that he wouldn’t use a cane, a walker, or have any type of assistance even at the age of 88. He still cooked for himself, did his laundry, and shopped. Stubbornness may have played a role in his strength. He lived until his last day being the man he wanted to be and doing it his way.
A rosary will be said for him at Drinkwine Mortuary, 999 W Littleton Blvd., Littleton CO 80120 and a Funeral Mass will be said at All Souls Catholic Church, 4950 S Logan St., Englewood, CO 80113 followed by burial services at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W Kenyon Ave., Denver, CO 80236. In lieu of flowers please send donations to American Lung Association or the charity of your choice.