Stanley Barber, age 87, of Rapid City, South Dakota, died on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Ft. Meade V.A. Center in Sturgis.
Stanley David Barber (Sonny) was born May 12, 1931 at the family ranch in Long Valley to Stanley W. and Iona Barber. He graduated from Bennett County High School in Martin and in 1952 enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He served on the Sweetbriar and was stationed in Ketchikan, Alaska where he met Helen Lorraine McGlashan. They were united in marriage on September 24, 1954.
When he was discharged from the Coast Guard they moved back to the ranch at Long Valley, to assist his mother in running the ranch. Stan, along with Helen, raised six children. He was a loving, caring husband, father and son. Stanley was an honest, hard working man who would always go out of his way to lend a hand or help a neighbor.
After leaving the ranch, Stan and Helen moved to the Black Hills where he continued to run his lumber business and spend quality time with their children and grandchildren.
Stanley is survived by his six children, son David Barber, Rapid City; daughter Teresa (Gary) Hicks, Rapid City; daughter Joan Barber, Sioux Falls; son Danny (Lesa) Barber, Sommerset; daughter, Pat (Shannon) Gartner, Interior; daughter Amy (Bill) Chapman, Blackhawk; eight grandchildren: Will Heltzel, Emmy Heltzel, Lacey (Jeremy) Sheridan, John Kusick, James (Heather) Kusick, Sonnie Gartner, Brett Gartner and Austin Barber; and seven great-grandchildren.
Stanley was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Barber, father, Stanley W. Barber; mother, Iona Barber; brothers, Clinton (Bud) Woodard and Hiriam Woodard; and sister, Janice Ruyle.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 15, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant.
Interment with military honors will follow at the Kadoka Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Kadoka.