Robert Barber1916 ~ 2012Robert (Bob) Irby Barber quietly passed away from age related causes Saturday, January 14th at the age of 95 in the West Millard Care Center. He was nearing his 96th birthday. Bob was born in Corinth, Mississippi, March 28th, 1916 to Leora (Ora) Barber. His father, Robert Ingersoll Barber, died four months before his birth of "apoplexy". He left school and his home at age 13 to work in the fields of Alabama, Northern Mississippi and Southern Tennessee. He joined the Civil Conservation Corp. and was assigned to a camp that is now the Tom Bigbee State Park near Tupelo, Mississippi. His company was moved to the Antelope Springs CCC camp in December of 1937. He got off of the train in a snow storm and was loaded on the back of a flatbed military truck for the trip to the Antelope Springs Camp. This was quite a shock for a Southern boy, but he soon got use to the weather and learned to love the area and people. He met Dorothy Watson at dances during weekend leaves. They fell in love and were soon married. He lost her in March, 1994 of health issues related to Parkinson's. Bob's friend, another CCC "boy" from the south, Edgar Mills, met and married Dorothy's sister Maxine. Bob and Edgar remained close friends until Edgar's death.After he left the CCC, Bob worked as a farm laborer, and then worked for Union Pacific Railroad, first on a section crew and then as a signalman. He spent many years on a signal gang working from Salt Lake to Barstow, California until he was able to get a permanent assignment as the Clear Lake signal maintainer. Bob had opportunities for advancement, but he turned them down so he wouldn't have to leave his home. He retired from Union Pacific in 1981 after working 42 years without a sick day. He will long be remembered as the courteous southern gentleman with an endearing accent, who always wore a brown work hat, pressed khakis with an open shirt, creased pants tucked into spit polished boots, and a blue handkerchief hanging from his back pocket. The man who drove a yellow railroad panel truck well below 40 miles per hour, and who always had a smile and a friendly wave as he passed.Bob enjoyed trips to the desert mountains west of Delta with Dorothy, family and friends. He also loved country music and playing the fiddle. Bob taught himself electronics and repaired TVs and radios. He traveled back to the South several times to see family and friends but was always glad to return to his home in Delta. He enjoyed reminiscing with friends about the past.Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and a granddaughter, Karen Clark. He is survived by a daughter, Mae Jean Clark of West Valley City, Utah a son, Robert (Bob) Lee Barber and his wife Leslie, of Yachats, Oregon, four grandchildren and their spouses; Dorothy (Dotty) and Jody Jonsson, Gordon and Carmen Clark, Shannon Arnold, and Gary and Debbie Barber. He had six great-grandchildren and one great, great-grandchild, who was born in November. The Clark family visited Bob during the holidays to celebrate five generations. The family is grateful for the care and love shown by the staff of the West Millard Care Center and for his many good friends who visited and helped him.It was Bob's wish to not have any services. He will be interred in the Oasis cemetery by the side of his one love, Dorothy.