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Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel

3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Dayton, OH

OBITUARY

Michael Garrett Barry

December 12, 1933June 18, 2020
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Michael Garrett Barry of Beavercreek, Ohio passed away on June 18, 2020, at the age of 86. He was born to parents, Michael and Christine Barry in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on December 12, 1933. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Abigail. On July 20, 1957, he married the love of his life, Christine and shared 62 years of marriage. They have a son, Ernie Barry, married to Holly and granddaughter, Grace of Dallas, Texas, and a daughter, Lori Coulter married to John and grandsons, Max and Sam of Beavercreek, Ohio. Mike is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and countless friends, coworkers, fellow volunteers and neighbors.

Mike retired from State Farm Insurance after 40 years of dedicated service. Mike’s hobbies included small engine repair where he was known as “The Mower Doctor” fixing lawnmowers and other outdoor equipment for friends and family, traveling with family, playing the piano, woodworking and a love of technology. Upon retirement in 2000, Mike began serving in multiple ministries dedicating his retirement to serving the Lord. His most cherished ministry was as a volunteer Chaplain at Kettering and Soin Hospitals where he touched the lives of countless individuals and families struggling with healthcare concerns and challenges. Mike’s calm, gentle presence directed by the Holy Spirit brought peace and comfort to patients, their families, hospital employees and fellow volunteers. Mike devoted over 7000 hours of volunteer service to Kettering Health Network at Kettering Medical Center, Soin Hospital and Community Wellness. Mike also served the Lord as a leader in Bible Study Fellowship where his administrative skills and love of technology led him to serve as the Assistant Class Administrator. He was blessed to attend Bible Study Fellowship with his son-in-law and 2 grandsons for over 17 years. Mike was an active member of Mt. Zion Church in Beavercreek where he served as a teacher, Deacon, and liaison to the shut-ins during his 55 years as a member. Mike left a legacy as a Godly example of a husband, father, grandfather, faithful friend, and dedicated servant to all who knew him and will be greatly missed, but his impact will live on for generations to come.

A walk thru visitation with social distancing will be held on July 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm and Memorial Service at 7:00 pm at Tobias Funeral Home, 3970 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek, Ohio. The wearing of face masks is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Zion Church Beavercreek (mountzionchurch.org) or Bible Study Fellowship (bsfinternational.org)

Services

  • Walk Through Social Distancing Visitation - Wearing of Masks Encouraged

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Memories

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Sojourn Jones

July 8, 2020

Not long ago, Mike and I had lunch together at Soin Med Ctr, after our volunteer work was finished for that day. During lunch, he told me that he plays bagpipes! Here explained the difference between the two different types. I look forward to hearing him play someday! He enjoyed helping with Flower Friday, which involves passing out a flower to all the patients. I pray the peace of Christ fills the souls of Mike's family and friends. God bless you.

Carlene Griffin

July 8, 2020

Dear Chris and family,

I count it a blessing to have known and worked with Mike for many years at KHN's Community Wellness in providing osteo sceenings for the public. He was a consumate pro when it came to running the equipment and interacting with the participants. His love for the Lord he shared with me and we had many good discussions. It was always a pleasure to have Mike participate at a screening because of his joyful and calm demeanor.
I offer my deepest sympathy to you and his family in his homegoing.
He spoke often of his love of his wife, children and grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed!

Sincerely Yours,
Carlene Griffin

Cheri Rotterman

June 30, 2020

Mike served for many years on Kettering Health Network's committee that reviews and approves healthcare research for KHN. We could always depend on Mike to offer a wise and thoughtful perspective when discussing the projects. Mike will be sorely missed and I will remember him as a man of integrity who treated everyone with kindness.

Tim Sturgill

June 30, 2020

I was honored to volunteer with Mike at Soin Medical Center and having lunch with him was the highlight of time we spent together. May the family be comforted with the peace that only Christ can give. I will greatly miss his smile and pleasant conversation. Grace and peace.

Alison Studer

June 27, 2020

Although I knew Mike in only a small facet of his life it was readily apparent what a fine person he was. He volunteered in our department running our “osteo” machine at many events and was so kind when I came on board over 15+ years ago. Although I was trained on the machine, he patiently explained its finer points to me so I could in turn explain it to our clients, so they really understood exactly what we were doing.
Mike volunteered for us at many osteo events, which can be arduous because you must bend over the machine in an awkward manner. I had to insist Mike take breaks. He was a hard worker and so pleasant to boot.
We started doing an osteo event yearly at Preble health center which was a long drive. I always drove Mike and we would chat. He had funny stories about growing up in a rural area, and many lovely stories about his wife, whom he obviously adored and his children and grandchildren that he was so very proud of.
I know that Mike donated hours and hours of his time to Kettering Health Network, and the osteo machine was a very small part of it. I was privileged to know him. He was a gentleman to the core, and he will be greatly missed.

Henrietta Eby

June 26, 2020

So sad to hear of our beloved Mike's passing. He was so generous with his time at Community Outreach (Kettering Health Network). He had such a talent for fixing our machines and teaching us all how to try to do the same. Mike was so gentle and kind and we loved working with him. We certainly will miss his sweet smile and his willingness to give so freely of himself. It is almost impossible to imagine our department and hospital without Mike for he spent so many hours and years here! Our thoughts are with his family.

Henrietta, RN and friend

Don and Mary Magnes

June 25, 2020

We were blessed to know Mike and share his journey through life for a short time. We loved him dearly and were blessed with our time with him. Prayers and healing to family in this time of remembrance.

Greg Davis

June 23, 2020

Although our family knew Mike and his family for over 30 years, I got better acquainted with him when bringing my lawn mower to his shop for service and repairs. Mike was always kind and patient as he worked on my mower and gave out free advice on how to maintain it. He was a knowledgeable and skilled technician who labored with love and grace.

Mike Barry embodied the admonition found in Colossians 3:23, “And whatsoever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

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