OBITUARY

Henry J. Barber Jr.

June 6, 1950April 16, 2016
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Henry Joseph Barber, Jr., 65, of Port Lavaca, formerly of Victoria passed away surrounded by his family Saturday, April 16, 2016. Henry was born June 6, 1950 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Henry Barber, Sr. and Barbara Louise Fagan Barber. Henry was a paramedic for the City of Victoria for seven years, and then became the first Director of Emergency Medical Services in Calhoun County where he served faithfully for thirty-five years. Henry was instrumental in getting a new Emergency Medical Service Station built in Port Lavaca. Calhoun County named the road it was built on Henry Barber Way. He served his country in the United States Navy in Puerto Rico and Vietnam. Henry is survived by his wife, Trish Horecka Barber of Port Lavaca; sons, Zach Barber of Victoria and Patrick Henry Barber of Florida; brother, Bill Barber of Alvarado, Texas. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Jeff Barber. The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm at Rosewood Funeral Chapels. A memorial service will be held at 10 am Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Rosewood Funeral Chapels with many of Henry’s friends speaking at the service. Full Military Honors under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council will follow at the conclusion of the service. All Calhoun County EMS employees will be honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or Calhoun County Humane Society. Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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Michael Biehunko

April 22, 2018

Think about Henry all the time. I cannot believe he's been gone for over two years. He taught me a lot when I would ride with EMS while he was in Victoria and a Supervisor with EMS. We had many good times together some we talk about some we don't but all were fun. God Bless you Trish and Zach. He's watching over us every day. God bless you. Mike Biehunko

Monica Murray Henry

April 21, 2016

Dear Trishy, I am so sorry for your loss. I can hardly imagine. I did not get to meet him but it looks like he lived life to the fullest. You had a great life together and thank God. Please take care of yourself and call me sometime.

Dianne Knobles

April 20, 2016

Condolences to Henry's family for their loss. Henry and his boys were a God-send to Calhoun County and his legacy will live on for years. He touched so many lives - he had no idea how many. He was very special to our family and will always have a special place in our hearts! Rest in peace Henry!

The Knobles Family

April 20, 2016

There's a whole in the world that can never be filled. Henry Barber was one of a kind. A great friend, mentor and leader. My thoughts and prayers are with Henry's family and his many friends. Henry was my first Supervisor and helped me "cut my EMS teeth" when I joined Victoria EMS and with many since he taught us well. I had the privilege of also having Henry as my unit partner and eventually his supervisor before he left for his Calhoun endeavors. My memories are many on and off duty. Take your rest Henry. I love you you man. Michael Kueker Wharton, Tx

April 20, 2016

MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HENRY'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND I KNOW THERE ARE MANY. HENRY WAS A GOOD MAN, A GOOD FRIEND AND A DARN GOOD MEDIC AND LEADER. I HAD THE HONOR AND PRIVILEDGE OF "CUTTING MY EMS TEETH" WITH HENRY AS MY FIRST SUPERVISOR WITH VICTORIA EMS AND HE TAUGHT ME WELL. THROUGH MY TIME WITH VEMS, HENRY WAS MY SUPERVISOR, THEN WE WERE PARTNERS AND FINALLY BEFORE HE LEFT TO TAKE THE CALHOUN COUNTY REINS I WAS HIS SUPERVISOR. THERE ARE MANY AND NUMEROUS MEMORIES OF HENRY ON AND OFF DUTY TO EVEN START, BUT REST ASSURRED HE WAS ONE OF A KIND AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. TAKE YOUR REST HENRY, I LOVE YOU MAN. MICHAEL KUEKER, WHARTON TX.

Claudette Hofer

April 19, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Trish.
God's peace be yours this day and in the days to come.
Russell and Claudette Hofer

Frank Parker, Athletic Trainer

April 19, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Henry's family. Henry's support of Calhoun Athletics and Sports Medicine program will be greatly missed.

Kristy Clark

April 18, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with Henry's family. He was a wonderful person who spent his life helping others.

April 18, 2016

So long old friend. My prayers to your family. No more sirens, just peace and quiet. Donnie W. Rogers Jr EMTP retired.

Shelley Zielonka

April 18, 2016

My sincere condolences to Henry's family and his hundreds of friends. I have had the utmost pleasure of knowing Henry for over 40 years, I guess since I was around 8 years old and he would throw my sister and I into the swimming pool at the apartment complex he lived in way back when. Henry and my sisters were friends and he would tolerate my sister and I when we visited them. Henry harassed me for over 30 years to come work as a Paramedic for him in Port Lavaca and my repeated answer was "Henry, you know we are too much alike - stubborn, hard-headed and set in our old ways. We would be fighting all the time and you would have to fire me because I would tell you how the cow ate the cabbage." Henry would laugh and agree. Through the years of my career I turned to Henry many times with management questions, many times seeking answers to personnel issues and so many times just needing someone to tell me I was doing what was best for my service and the people it served. Henry touched many lives, saved hundreds of people and made many Paramedics and EMTs what they are today - including myself. My profession is losing an icon, a great man, a great Paramedic, a great director, a great mentor, a great teacher and a dedicated life-saver. I have lost a great friend. Rest in peace my brother - continue to look down upon us who are still here and help guide our hands in saving the lives we touch. Love your friend Shelley D. Zielonka Paramedic