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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, IA.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 3 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Fred Reiner will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday May 2 at the funeral home. Burial will be at the LaFayette Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the Fred Barlow Memorial Fund for a memorial to be established.
He was born November 14, 1946 in Ames, IA, the son of Richard B. and Mary Kay (Wease) Barlow Sr. He married Snookey Johnson on December 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, NC, two grandchildren, Cody Collins of LaFayette, and Jessica Collins of Mooresville, NC, a sister, Debra Conner (Bob) of Galva and a brother, James Barlow of Utica, MI. 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 Corp from 1966 to 1968 and was in Vietnam for 13 months. After serving with the Marine Corp, 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 3 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!