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“My heart is so heavy with sorrow for your loss of your, husband, Dad, Grandpa, brother. I have been friends with your family for a very long time and...Read More »
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“I'm sorry to hear of John's death. I'm not sure if the Barrett family will remember me, but I grew up at 1172 White Street (in the 1950sbefore...Read More »
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“Nita, and family, Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of John. He was delight and always had a smile, he will be missed. May he RIP. ...Read More »
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“Will miss your warm smile, twinkle in your eye, and your sense of humor,.......God's Blessings ”
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“Juanita & family, So sorry to hear of John's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be greatly missed. Gary & Bea ”
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John H. Barrett, age 85, of Dubuque, left this world to meet his Savior at 2:05 p.m., on Monday, October 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor John's life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street, with Pastor Jay Ilten officiating. To celebrate John's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November 3, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

John was born on July 10, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John Francis and Della (Lebben) Barrett.

Growing up in Dubuque, John began his primary education at Franklin School, next onto Washington Junior High, and then even invested a little time at Dubuque Senior High School before he had to begin his working years to help support his family. His first job was setting bowling pins at Holy Trinity, until he began working at the Phillips 66 Gas Station on the South End, and then he finally began his main career with Red Dot/Frito Lay, where he would loyally devote over 35 years until his well earned retirement. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Juanita Baxter, on October 15, 1951, and they were truly blessed to not only be given 5 children to raise, love and nurture, but to also have been able to celebrate their 66 wonderful years of marital bliss together earlier this month. John also found time to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1951 until 1960. John was a huge sports fan who had an undeniable love/hate relationship with his Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. One of John's dreams in this life finally came to fruition last year when his Cubbies actually won the World Series. John was a kind and humble human being who only desired contentment and expected nothing in return from this world. He throughly enjoyed a good laugh, and was continually satisfied in that area thanks to his family and their daily antics. John instilled, in all of his children, the value of possessing an excellent work ethic and never living beyond your means. His family was truly his pride and joy; he would do absolutely anything within his power to help them, even if at times the difficult decision of doing nothing at all was exactly what was necessary in order to teach them a lesson. His loving and forever patient wife Juanita would humorously admit that John was always right, even when he was "occasionally" wrong! The sudden departure of our dear John has our hearts aching in the depths we rarely know exist. We know our faith and time will heal our wounds, but for now we only seem to find peace in the knowledge that Dad's earthly health issues have now ceased and that one day we will get to see and hear him laugh once again.

Those left to cherish John's memory include

his loving wife,
Juanita Barrett, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Daniel Barrett,
Linda (Tom) Hillebrand,
Sandy Bush,
Robert Barrett,
and Shari (Bob) Wissing, all of Dubuque;

his 9 grandchildren,
Danielle and Gabrielle Barrett, Tom (Rachael) Hillebrand, Jason Jellison, Bob (Brooke) Bush, Brandi (Shane) Kampas, Jeff Barrett, Mike and Melissa Wissing;

his 10 great-grandchildren;

and his 2 sisters,
Joan Murphy
and Joyce Helling, both of Dubuque.

John was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy Barrett; a sister, Shirley (Vince) Scardino; and 2 other brothers-in-law, James Helling and Robert Murphy.

A John H. Barrett memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

John's family would like to extend a special thanks to our sister, Linda and her husband Tom, Dr. Ramabadran, MD, Julie Ehlinger, ARNP, and the staff at the Anticoagulation Clinic, for all of the help, compassion and care they provided to John, and his family.