John M. Barrick, Sr., age 77 of Atlantic, Iowa, formerly of Marengo, died Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Atlantic. Funeral Services and Interment: 12:30 P.M. Friday, January 30, 2015, Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery and Chapel, Adel, Iowa. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, January 29, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established.
John is survived by his sons, John, Jr. of Marengo, and Geoff (Barbara) of Atlantic; seven grandchildren, Ambri Refer of Cedar Falls, Seth Refer (Kelsey) of Oskaloosa, Sarah and Erin Barrick, both of Atlantic, Jesse Barrick of Marengo, John Barrick III of Marengo, and Emma DeLong of Kansas City; a sister Nora Beth Ledbetter (Howard) of Fall Branch, TN; and his former wife, Shloe Floerke-Flanagan of Joplin, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his longtime companion, Susan DeLong.
John Milford Barrick was born March 17, 1937 in Shannon, Texas, the son of Ardyce and Margie Castleberry Barrick. His childhood took him to Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and Kansas, graduating with the class of 1955 at Rosedale High School in Kansas City, KS, and later studying at the Far Eastern Division of the University of Maryland. Beginning in 1960, John Served in the U.S. Army, becoming a member of the Army Security Agency, after which he was stationed in Okinawa and Taiwan. From 1965 to 1967, he served as an instructor at the Army Security Agency school at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He returned to Kansas City in 1967, where he was employed in sales and management with Rivard Sales Company and then Central Plumbing Supply. Lastly he worked for Penske Logistics. John was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church where he served a term as president of the PTA, and was later a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. He moved to Marengo in 2010 to be close to his family, and in 2013 to Atlantic, where he resided at the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center until his death.
John was an avid reader and loved jazz. He also enjoyed bowling, at which he recorded several perfect games.