Russell A. Barber

Russell A. Barber

December 12, 1938 – December 14, 2022

Russell Barber was born December 12, 1938, in Mallard, Iowa and died December 14, 2022, at his home in Ralston, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; parents; sister, Sharon Bridgmon. He is survived by his children: Sonya, Stan (Theresa), Kent (Tari), Jay (Sara), Sena; ten grandchildren: Taran (Erica), Tember (Avery), Haley (Stephen), Emily, Reid, Andrew, Lily, Ryan, Jaynie, Ezra; two great-grandchildren, Emerson and Payton; sisters, Doris and Marian; brothers, Clifford and Robert.

After graduating from Mallard High School, in 1958, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he met and married Marilyn Lantzer on August 5, 1961 in Aurora, Nebraska. They lived in Omaha for six years and then moved to their home in Ralston, Nebraska. They attended and served in church where many of their life-long friendships were formed.

Russell was hard-working and devoted to his family and friends. He demonstrated a servant-heart by lending a hand to anyone in need. His greatest joy was his family whether celebrating holidays, birthday parties, school programs, or a meal. He was known for his smile, his laugh and his kind heart.

He loved road trips especially to Branson and to see extended family or friends. While at home he enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and squirrels. He also spent a lot of time working on home projects.

His family will cherish the many memories of him and his selfless love.

Family will receive friends: Sunday, December 18th, 5-7 pm at West Center Chapel.

SERVICE: Monday, December 19th, 10 am at West Center Chapel. To view a livestream of the service, go to and click the “View Live Cast” button.

Interment: Forest Lawn Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.


  • Phyllis Vance Posted December 16, 2022 4:30 pm

    My sympathies to the entire family. You are all part of your father’s legacy. He set a great and godly example for all of his children and grandchildren. Cherish your memories.

  • Larry and Brenda Janis Posted December 16, 2022 6:47 pm

    Larry and I are praying for you as you remember the life of your Dad. He’s with your Mom now, what a glorious reunion that was! Many great memories of your family at Harvey Oaks Baptist Church growing up. Love and hugs to all of you!!❤️🙏

  • Kay Ponec Posted December 17, 2022 6:30 am

    Please accept my sympathy in the death of your father..

  • Kathy Robison Posted December 17, 2022 7:52 pm

    My 🙏 prayers are with your family in time of lost. From Kathy and Mike Robison

  • Mary Jo Havlicek Posted December 18, 2022 6:48 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with family and friends at this sad time.

  • Kent Sivadge Posted December 19, 2022 7:13 am

    Sonya & Stan,

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for you and your family.

  • Paul Franks Posted December 23, 2022 6:29 pm

    Being Paul’s roommate while Marilyn and Tillie were classmates in nurses training gave us a special bond that has lasted through the years. Though the bond looks broken, it is not. We will be together through eternity.

  • Paul and Tillie Franks Posted December 23, 2022 6:32 pm

    Russell and Paul were roommates while Marilyn and Tillie were in nurses training. Our bond was close. Though it seems broken, it is not. We will spend eternity together.

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