Ralph Barbour Obituary, 76

SOUTH ROYALTON — A Celebration of Life will be held, Friday, April, 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the United Church of South Royalton (Also known as The Red Door Church) with Pastor Joshua Moore officiating for Ralph Curtis Barbour, who died on March 17, 2018.

Curt was born June 13, 1941, son of Ralph and Elsie Barbour. He grew up in Hartland, and graduated from Windsor High School in 1959.

Curt began his career as a machinist in East Hartford, Connecticut at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft.

He married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Bissell, on June 13, 1963. They lived in Connecticut until 1973 when they moved to South Royalton. Curt worked at Cone Blanchard in Windsor, then at New England Tool and Machine, later named North Hartland Tool Corporation. Curt retired from North Hartland Tool Corporation in 2016.

The Barbours attended Beth-El Christian Fellowship, a Foursquare Gospel Church in South Royalton, later to become Journey Church. Curt was a licensed Minister and Foursquare Disaster Relief Chaplain with the ICFG. Known as Pastor Curt, he served for years on the Pastoral and Marriage Ministry Teams under Senior Pastor David Wright. Curt never retired from ministering to others.

Curt enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and eating Buffalo wings with his many friends at Village Pizza.

Curt is survived by his wife of over 54 years, Joanne, of South Royalton; two brothers Dennis Barbour (and wife Patricia) of Reading, and Paul Barbour (and wife Sheila) of Hartland Four Corners; two sisters Catherine Craig of Keysville, New York and Janet Bunker (and husband David) of Charlestown, New Hampshire; sister-in-law Barbara Barbour of Hartland, and sister-in-law Barbara Loyer of Windsor; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Curt was predeceased by his brother Peter Barbour of Hartland.

Curt lived to share the love, mercy and compassion of the Lord he so loved. He is and will be greatly missed.

Condolences to Curt’s family may be made in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Curt’s memory may be made to the South Royalton Rescue Squad, 53 Safford St., South Royalton, 05068.

This obituary will also appear in the April 12, 2018 edition of the Vermont Standard.

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