In Memory of Fredrick Barbee

August 8, 1935 - July 15, 2020

Fredrick Richard Barbee, from Minong, WI passed away at the age of 84 at Shell Lake Care Center on July 15th, 2020. Fredrick Richard Barbee, also known as “Dick” to some of his friends, was born on August 8, 1935 in Superior, WI to Clay and Hazel Barbee.

Fred grew up in Minong, WI and graduated from Northwood high school in 1953. He moved to the Minneapolis area to find work. Fred met and married Carol Durand of Spooner, WI in 1956. They started and raised their family in Minneapolis. In 1976 he and Carol moved their family back to Minong. Having seen a need in the area for a repair service he started “Repairs Unlimited”, teaching his sons a useful trade that is still being used today. Fred was very knowledgeable, a great teacher, and would correct your grammar whenever he saw fit. He enjoyed photography, astronomy, writing and music which included writing several songs, playing his organ and keyboard, and singing. He had a great sense of humor, was quick witted and always had an interesting fact or comeback for any occasion. In June of 2012 Fred married Sandi Hronzy of Winter, WI and gained a son Glenn Vaghy. He and Sandi loved to follow boxing, the Packers and of course the Brewers. They also enjoyed the occasional seafood buffet in Danbury. Most of all Fred was a man of faith, enjoyed being with his family, and he will be greatly missed by all.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents - Clay and Hazel Barbee, his 4 siblings, Helen May (Marshalltown IA), Dorothy Sofia (Ninilchick AK), Ione (Bernyce) Tysdale (Marshalltown IA), Brandon (Bud) Barbee (Oro Valley AZ), his wife Carol Barbee (Minong), and his son Richard Scott Barbee of Gordon.

Fred is survived by his wife Sandi Barbee of Minong, daughters Sherlyn (Ed) Donner of Littleton CO, Jannyce Barnes of Elk River MN, sons Anthony (Nancy) Barbee of Minong WI, Glenn Vaghy of Bouton IA, daughter-in-law Peggy Barbee, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Fred is also survived by many nieces and nephews including special nephew Donny (Lorna) Sofia of Coon Rapids MN.

Internment at Greenwood Cemetery, Minong WI

Graveside service August 1st, 2020 at 11:00 with a gathering of family and friends to follow at the home of his son Tony Barbee

Officiant Pastor Kevin Kaiser, Calvary Lutheran Church, Minong WI

Last Update: Jul 22, 2020 1:15 pm CDT

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