Norman Gary Barfoot
July 23, 1939 – April 3, 2021
Gary Barfoot July 23, 1939–April 3, 2021 Beloved husband, father, and grandfather Norman Gary Barfoot passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2021. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Barbara; his daughter Suzanne Bailey and her husband Robert, his daughter Christy Balentine and her husband Stephen, and his three grandchildren: Claire Bailey, Jonathan Balentine, and Grace Balentine. He was predeceased by his mother, Neva Louise; his father, Joseph Clark; and his brothers, Dennis and Wesley. Gary was born on July 23, 1939, in Risco, Missouri, where he later picked cotton with his family, played basketball, and attended Risco High School. He deeply loved his parents and eight siblings. He met Barbara at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, class of 1961. Gary was a United States Air Force officer from 1963 to 1985, and flew C–123s and B–52s during the Vietnam War. In 1974 he received a Master of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, with an emphasis in organizational behavior. He served as Assistant Air Attache to the American embassy in Canberra, Australia from 1974 to 1977, commanded the 2nd Bomb Squadron, and served as Deputy Base Commander of March Air Force Base with the 22nd Bombardment Wing. Following his Air Force career, he worked for McDonnell-Douglas Training Systems. He was then the Director of Personnel at Mission Aviation Fellowship in Redlands, California for seven years. He taught in the business department at California Baptist University from 1997 to 2007, and he received a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University in 2000. Gary!s chief delights were spending time with his family and friends, reading, painting, woodworking, sailing, going for long walks, and worshipping with his church family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to either the Agape Fund at Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church in Riverside, California, or to Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, Idaho.
Norman Gary Barfoot
April 6, 2021
Dear Barbara and family, it’s been such a long time since I’ve seen any of you. This is Pat Bressler, Dorothy Drake’s daughter. My favorite memory is when I got to spend the night at your house. You were so kind and let me have grapes and m&m,s. Funny what a kid remembers. Hoping all the memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Love, Patricia Ann