Barry Edmond Warden was born on Aug. 9, 1946, to Wilbur and Evelyn Warden. He shared his childhood with his sister, Lynn Kehl, and his brother, Fred (Joyce) Warden.
He graduated from Marietta High School in 1964 and served in the United States Navy.
He proudly shared his adulthood with his children, Jennifer (Tom) Sams and Brian (Jessica) Warden. As an active member of the Sixth & Washington Streets Church of Christ, he shared his love of God with his children, leading by example.
As 'Barry the Barber,' he shared the lives of everyone who sat in his chair.
Later, life led him to Marietta College and Ohio University where he earned his master's degrees. For many years, he shared his wisdom and knowledge with countless students and teachers at Phillips Elementary and Washington State Community College.
In 1996, the Lord led him to Lura Wilcoxen. In Lura, he found a constant companion, best friend, and selfless caregiver. Their shared vision of a water well in Ghana was only one of the Christian missions they embraced.
He shared love and laughter with his nieces and nephew (Staci, Craig, Angela and Julie) and his treasured grandchildren, Reid and Avery Warden and Bethany Sams.
He passed away on March 15, 2013. His parents and brother-in-law, Ron Kehl, preceded him in death.
We were all blessed with the time we shared, but know that he lived this life so he could share an eternity with God in Heaven.
Visitation will be held Friday (March 22, 2013) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., Marietta. A memorial service will be held Saturday (March 23, 2013) at 11 a.m. at Sixth & Washington Streets Church of Christ. Family will be present one hour prior to the service. Roger Rush will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Ghana Water Well Fund as a way to share Barry's dream. Contributions can be sent c/o Church of Christ, 534 Sixth St., Marietta, Ohio, 45750.
Condolences may be made to www.hadleyfh.com