Leo “Bub” Dale Barlow, 90, of Liberty Center, Ohio, passed away Sept. 14, 2020, in Waterville, Ohio.
Bub was born Aug. 4, 1930, in rural Henry County (Ohio). Graduating from Liberty Center High School in 1948, he worked briefly as a carpenter’s apprentice before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1950. He served during the onset of the Korean War and engaged battle during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir campaign.
During the last year on active duty, Bub met and married his wife, Shirley Felter, while stationed in Washington, D.C. They wed in Forest Glen, Maryland, on Nov. 10, 1954. Bub was a rural mail carrier for 33 years with the Liberty Center Post Office, retiring in 1990. He also served on the Liberty Center School Board and also served 20 years as a Washington Township Trustee.
Bub was known for his affiliation with various military organizations that included his lifetime membership with the Chosin Few Association, the Marine Corps League of Defiance. He served four years as Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) post #6596, the American Legion, American Veterans (AMVETS) and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), all in Henry County. Known for his community service, Bub also belonged to a number of civilian organizations such as the Free & Accepted Masons (F&AM) of Liberty Center, the Ohio Township Association, the Henry County Sportsman Club, Henry County Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association (NRA), Northwest Turkey Federation (NWTF), as well as the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.
With the exception of his years away from home due to his military commitment, Bub spent his entire life in the Liberty Center area. He became skilled in hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening and raising livestock. Due to his years as a rural mail carrier, he had the ability to look at a residence and state WHO used to live there, how he knew them, and what hobbies they shared if any. His outgoing personality gave him the ability to make many friends who will sorely miss him.
Bub is survived by his wife of 66 years, Shirley; sons, Roger of Amherst, Ohio, James and John, both of Liberty Center; daughters, Karen Trumbull of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and Kathy (Anthony) Muniz of Bowling Green, Ohio; as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that he had grown close to throughout the years.
Bub is preceded in death by his parents Alonzo “John” and Ruth (Jeffers) Barlow; all of his siblings: brothers, Guy Barlow and William Barlow, sisters, Mary Kessler, Helen Donnelly, Betty Heidtman and Peggy Lambert. Regrettably, Bub’s five-year-old son Ronald also preceded him in 1963 after a brief and unexpected illness.
Visitation for Bub will be held Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, from 4–8 p.m. in the Hanneman Funeral Home, 302 E. Maple St., Liberty Center, Ohio. Please wear a mask if attending the visitation or funeral. Funeral Services for Bub will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Bub will be laid to rest with military honors. Interment will be at Youngs Cemetery in Liberty Center next to his son.
Memorial contributions in Bub’s honor may be gifted to the Henry County Transportation Network, Henry County Senior Center, or the Liberty Center Public Library.
Hanneman Funeral Home is honored to serve Bub’s family and encourage those to share a fond memory or condolence by visiting www.hannemanfuneralhomes.com.