Byron L. Barber

Byron L. Barber

February 26, 1946 – November 18, 2021

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 22nd from 6pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 “S” Street.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, November 23rd at 11am at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church. Entombment: Resurrection Mausoleum at 2pm with Military Honors by Benson VFW Post 2503.   Memorials are suggested to: Alzheimer’s Association; Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska; and/or Nebraska Children’s Home Society.


Byron Lee Barber, 75, beloved father and husband, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2021.

The son of the late Bernard and Hilda (Braasch) Barber, he was born in Omaha, NE on February 26, 1946. A studious and hard-working young man, he spent his early years working on his family’s farm, attending school in Fairbury, NE, loving fast cars, and being just a little bit ornery. After tragically losing his father as a teen, Byron moved off of the farm, graduated high school, and was awarded scholarships to begin degrees in pre-engineering and speech at The University of Nebraska Lincoln. He took leave in 1966 to join the United States Air Force as a bomb navigation systems mechanic during the Vietnam War Era, taking great pride in the work that he did on the B52 Bomber. Following an honorable discharge in 1970, he began the path to a successful, lifelong career in the information technology field. As an IT Executive for numerous insurance and technology companies, the latest computers and tech gadgets were always abundant in the Barber household.

He met Judy, the love of his life, at a Christmas party at their shared apartment complex in Lincoln, NE in 1971. They married in 1973 and created a beautiful, full life raising their four children. Work took the family to Lincoln, Davenport, Omaha, Des Moines, and back to Omaha, where he eventually retired. The years were filled with many choir and band concerts, Pinewood derbies, softball/baseball games, teaching the kids to change the oil and tires on their cars, how to write DOS script, how to make chex mix and grill the perfect pork chop, listening to Huskers games on am radio, and most-importantly modeling how to be a loving and devoted husband and father.

Everyone who knew Byron knew that he was an extremely kind, loving, hard-working, and peaceful person who loved his family very much. His greatest joys were both classic and shiny new cars, bowling, traveling, tinkering with the latest tech gadgets, whistling while working around the house, and spoiling his adoring grandchildren with candy from his shirt pocket and imitations of Donald Duck.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Judith (Hain) Barber; daughter, Sarah Barber McCurdy (Keith) of  Broomfield, CO; son, Christopher Barber (Beth), of Hudson, IA; daughter, Erin Reed (Chad), of Elkhorn, NE; and son, Ryan Barber (Chantel), of Omaha, NE. “Papa Byron” is the cherished grandfather to Grace, Gray, Kathryn, Keegan, Kylie, Etta, and Ryker; and uncle to many adored nieces and nephews.  He will forever be in their hearts and missed very much every day.

Byron lived with Alzheimer’s disease for the last six years of his life. He battled the illness with the most amazing grace, bravery, and strength. His family is grateful for the love, comfort, and care he received as a resident of Country House Residence for Memory Care during the advanced stages of his illness.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska, and/or the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, who lovingly cared for Byron for the first 9 months of his life.

All services will be live streamed at for those who wish to attend virtually.



  • Norris Hoover Posted November 20, 2021 7:49 pm

    Carol and I send our Deepest condolences and regret we cannot celebrate Byron’s life

  • Jeanie Darnell Posted November 20, 2021 7:53 pm

    I wish your family peace, love, and healing at this difficult time. You are in my prayers.

  • Carrie Nesbitt Posted November 20, 2021 8:34 pm

    Aunt Judy, Sarah/Keith, Chris/Beth, Erin/Chad, and Ryan/Chantal and kiddos—our biggest hugs and well wishes! My memories of Uncle Byron are all of him being so proud of his family—immediate and extended! He was so supportive and kind to us all. I do associate the newest gadgets/technology with Uncle Byron.—he was a guru of technology!

    All our love, Carrie Nesbitt, J, Allison, Kendra,Reagan and Daniel

  • John & Sandra Dryja Posted November 20, 2021 9:41 pm

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our hearts were saddened to hear of Byron’s passing. May God comfort your family at this most difficult time.

  • Diana Moon Posted November 21, 2021 10:21 am

    Byron was a wonderful man who will be missed by many. I am sending prayers for Strength, Peace and Serenity to the Barber family as they go through the latest chapter in their lives. May God wrap each and everyone of you in his comforting arms😇🙏

  • Troy and Andrea Schlotman Posted November 21, 2021 11:27 am

    Very sorry for your loss, sending the Barber family our prayers.

  • Leigh Holman Posted November 21, 2021 12:29 pm

    Mr. Barber was a kind, loving, quiet genius of a man. I remember spending time with him and talking quietly in the corner when they’d visit Colorado for Holidays,Sarah’s wedding and performances. He looked at her with a sparkle in his eyes like only a dad can.
    My deepest condolences to my dear friend Sarah, her family and all the many that loved Mr. Byron.

  • Susan Grummert Posted November 21, 2021 7:24 pm

    I knew Byron many years ago in high school at Fairbury, Nebraska. His obituary reads just as I remember Byron from so many years ago. A life well lived full of love for his family and friends. My sympathy and prayers to all he leaves behind. Susan Preston Grummert

  • Loretta Horton Posted November 23, 2021 12:14 pm

    John and I send our deepest sympathy for your loss. So many good memories of Byron and you. John and I both thought Byron was a kind and a gentle person. Prayers are with and your family today and always.

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