Frederick L. Barlow

LaFAYETTE – Frederick L. “Fred” Barlow, 72, of LaFayette, died at 8:48 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Funeral services were Friday, May 3, at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Fred Reiner officiated. Visitation was Thursday May 2 at the funeral home. Burial was at the LaFayette Cemetery. Military rites were accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the Fred Barlow Memorial Fund for a memorial to be established.

He was born Nov. 14, 1946, in Ames, Iowa, the son of Richard B. and Mary Kay (Wease) Barlow Sr. He married Snookey Johnson on Dec. 30, 1965, at the LaFayette Methodist Church and had been married for 53 years at the time of his death.

She survives as does a daughter, Michelle Barlow Wilburn of Mooresville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Cody Collins of LaFayette, and Jessica Collins of Mooresville, N.C.; a sister, Debra Conner (Bob) of Galva and a brother, James Barlow of Utica, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Michael and a brother, Richard B. Barlow Jr.

Fred graduated from Galva High School in 1965. He served his country with the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968 and was in Vietnam for 13 months. After serving with the Marine Corps, he had worked at Kewanee Boiler then at Caterpillar in Mossville. He next went to truck driving school in Wisconsin and drove for Werner Enterprise for three years and then at Alcoa in Princeville as a driver. After Alcoa’s closing, he went to work at Pines/ Great Dane as a spotter driver. He really enjoyed his truck driving!

The most interests and love in his life was his family. He really enjoyed his grandchildren as they were his hobbies. He was a scuba diver and snorkeler and loved Hawaii and the ocean. He and his wife had traveled 33 times to Hawaii in their travels. He also enjoyed guns and shooting, the History Channel and its war stories and Oh, how he loved shrimp!

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