Donald Raymond Barbin Sr.

October 17, 1925October 18, 2013

Donald Raymond Barbin, Sr. of Cortland, passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Groton Nursing Facility in Groton, New York.

Born on October 17, 1925 in Oneonta, he was the son of the late Raymond and Leona (Utter) Barbin. Don was predeceased by his two sisters, Doris Moore of New Hartford, NY and Alice Colwell of Oneonta. He is survived by his daughter, Lindakaye Barbin of Cortland, and his son and daughter-in-law, Denise and Donald Raymond Barbin, Jr. of Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Don was very proud of his military service. He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and served as a Radioman aboard the Admiral’s flagship, the USS Panamint. He saw action during his time in the Navy, including the battle at Okinawa.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy and several years spent working as a carpenter, Don spent 35 years working for Mutual of Omaha where he received many awards for his leadership in both sales and management positions. After leaving Mutual of Omaha, he worked as a financial consultant until his recent retirement in December 2012. Even after retirement he continued to help previous clients in whatever ways he could.

Family was Don’s greatest joy. He cherished the time spent with Linda, Donnie and Denise, and even his ex-wife Shirley. He would spend hours on email, Facebook, and phone calls with his friends, nieces, and nephews, especially his nephew Richard Roberts who kept him abreast of family news and just to talk about how their day was going.

Don’s final resting place will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

Friends and family may call from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 and from 11am to Noon on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta. Funeral services will be held at Noon following the calling hour on Thursday, with the Rev. Teresa Sivers, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, Don’s family requests that donations please be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, October 23, 2013
  • Calling Hours Thursday, October 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 24, 2013

Donald Raymond Barbin Sr.

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November 10, 2013

My father, Van Burd of Cortland, and I, Joyce Hicks of Indiana, would like to say how much we enjoyed knowing Don. Mr. Burd and Don served on Okinawa at the same time, though they didn't know each other. They had many talks about their service in the US Navy. Don helped my father with many investment choices and we appreciated his "kitchen table" approach. My father sends his thoughts to the family, as I do; I talked with Don many times.

October 29, 2013

Don and Family,

We pray that God will give you strength and courage in your time of bereavement.

We made a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of your father.


Your Central Area Friends
Broadcom Corporation

October 26, 2013

Linda and Donnie,
I just saw the news..... Rob and I have so many memories that we can't even begin to list them here. I will miss your Dad so much, as he continued to send the occasional e-mail and birthday wish after all these years. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you all. xoxo Pam and Rob

October 24, 2013

I have many memories of Don,as a OHS Classmate,living on Prospect St. in
Oneonta, selling insurance,always business like,and his voice quality still rings
in my memory. Fred Hickein, Oneonta

Judy Holland

October 23, 2013

My memories of Don will always be the fun we had at line dancing. He was always a gentleman and a very caring man.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kurt Finkbeiner

October 23, 2013

Linda & Don-
Very sorry to learn of the death of your father.
He was a real gentleman through and through.
He will be greatly missed by his friends, clients and, of course, his family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you both.

Debra Phenes

October 23, 2013

Linda, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Deb P. - FCS

October 23, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts are with you through this sorrowful time.

Mark Kogut

October 22, 2013

Linda and Don, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I really enjoyed talking to him, listening to his political insights and the stories of his youth. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.