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Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home - Portage Chape
Monday April 25th, 2022
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Russell Frank Barr

Russell Frank Barr of Kalamazoo, MI passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at the age of 83. He was born in Saginaw, MI on May 25, 1938, the son of Ralph and Freda (Van Antwerp) Barr.

He graduated from Midland high school, Midland, MI in 1956. Following graduation he honorably served in the United States Navy in San Diego, CA on the USS Pomodon (SS-486)  until 1959. He proudly spoke of his naval travels along the Western Pacific tour. Shortly after discharge, he married Marsha Williams and they had three children together. While he continued to serve his country as a Naval Reserve (1963), Russ took advantage of the G.I. bill and furthered his studies. In 1969, he took a job at the Upjohn Company and moved his family to Portage, MI. His first marriage was dissolved in the early 70’s. 

While working for Upjohn, he met Julianne, they married in 1975 and blended their families. He retired from the Upjohn Company with 25 years of service in 1994. In their retirement, he and Julianne opened J & R Coin and Jewelry. The store was his passion and joy where he shared his expertise in coins. He was a long term member of the Kalamazoo Numismatic Club. Russ and Julianne enjoyed traveling to Cancun and Florida for many vacations. 

Russ was an avid fisherman and deer hunter for most of his life. He looked forward to the annual hunting trip to Northern Michigan with his boys, son-in-law and grandsons. He was a collector of many things, even from a young age he enjoyed collecting: coins, rocks, stamps, historic buttons and even crazy socks.

Russ will be fondly remembered for his all around generosity as well as leaving unique tips of uncommon currency to his favorite wait staff.

He is preceded in his passing by his wife: Julianne Barr; children: Linda Roof and David Barr; grandson: Danny Waldron

Left to cherish his loving memory are his children: Kimberly (Gregory) Klein, Laurie (Mike) Bowles,and Bradley Waldron; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister: Elaine (Stephen) Morris; and special friends: Amy Johnson and Dean Cugliotta.

Memorials made in Russell’s memory may be directed to Centrica Care Navigators or Pathfinder Church Children’s Coat Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Cremation has taken place and a public time for visiting will be held at Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI 49002 on Monday, April 25, 2022, beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Russell will be laid to rest with Julianne during a private committal service at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

While at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please take time to sign Russell’s guestbook and/or share a memory with his family.

The Barr family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Homes and Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI 49002. 269-344-5600.

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Wonderful man and business owner will be truly missed

Suzi Deschot May 13 2022 11:57 AM

The Kalamazoo Numismatic Club has lost a Great Icon. Russ was the inspiration of coin collecting for our club. His knowledge of coins was addicting to everyone. We could never get enough of listening to his tips about coin collecting. He will be deeply missed. Rest In Peace Russ.

Ron Mund. President, Kalamazoo Numismatic Club Apr 24 2022 7:16 PM

For over 35 years with Laurie as my BFF, my heart smiled every time Russ was around. Russ - I hope your spirit soared as you were welcomed Home to eternal life and immortal love to enhance the boundless love you carried with you. We are all the better for knowing you. 💜🤗. Kate

Kate Apr 22 2022 6:08 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of your father. While I never knew him , Brent often spoke affectionately about him. May he rest in peace.
Chris Bradetich.

Chris Bradetich Apr 20 2022 9:53 PM

Love you Kim. Your dad will be greatly missed by many. I pray you receive peace.

Cathy and Steve Apr 20 2022 11:56 AM

Russ was Avery nice man. He took my son Dean under his wing and taught him so much about coins. I loved visiting the shop and taking them sweet treat. He will be missed.

Linda Cugliotta Apr 19 2022 6:35 PM

Loved going to your shop to....well shop, and even if I wasn't buying you had such a wide range of interests, you always had time to chit-chat. You will be missed and again, thank you for your service. R.I.P.

Thomas Holds Apr 19 2022 5:39 PM

I have such found memories of Russ. We shared our birthdays 3 days apart for many years. He was a tremendous man. He made me and my family feel special and loved every time we got together. He truly was the salt of the earth. He will be missed deeply. I’m so glad I have so many memories with he and Julianne. Love and condolences to the family. RIP Russ. Love Jackie James and Calvin Towsley

Jackie Towsley Apr 19 2022 1:40 PM

Russ is a great coin club member. He let me tag along on one of his trips to Silvertowne with Carl Tackett.
Loved knowing him. Miss him at our coin meeting.

Mark Woodin Apr 19 2022 1:01 PM


Glad to have known you, and thank you for the advice over the years. Rest in peace sir.

Don Gillespie Apr 19 2022 11:08 AM

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