Dorance "Joe" Elwood Barber

Wednesday, January 8th, 1941 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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Dorance (Joe) Elwood Barber
January 8, 1941 – September 9, 2020
Dorance (Joe) Elwood Barber, 79 of Lebanon, Oregon passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020. He was born in Hetland, South Dakota to Don Barber and Eleanor (Coulson) Barber.
As a child growing up in Junction City, Oregon he received the nickname “Joe” from his baseball coach. He loved baseball and most athletics. After graduating from Junction City High, he attended Western Oregon University. Joe completed a year at WOU before joining the US Army in September 1963 and served as a Personnel Specialist until July 1965 and continued in the US Army Reserves until September 1969. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Southern Oregon College, and his Masters in Health Education from OSU in 1973.
Joe started teaching in 1968 at the Lebanon Junior High School where he taught PE and Science. The majority of his years teaching were dedicated to health education. He also coached baseball, basketball, and football. He received the Coaches Award of 25 years of Service. In his honor, the Joe Barber Award was created. He was loved by many students.
On August 24, 1968, Joe married Joyce Michael Bertucci in Roseburg, OR. They moved to Lebanon the following day and began a life together raising two children. Joe said that his memorable moments where “Birth of son, daughter, and three grandkids” and “Marriage to Joyce and our time together.”
Joe enjoyed competing in athletics and playing baseball/softball until the age of 55. He enjoyed attending sporting events with his good friend, Ken Long. He like to golf, hunt, camp, and travel taking ocean cruises with family and friends. Joe loved music and would often sit playing hymns on the piano. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lebanon where he sang in the choir.
Joe is survived by wife, Joyce Barber, children, Doug and Carlene Barber, Marnie and Hank Jasmer, grandchildren, Allan Jasmer, Bryce Barber and Bryley Barber and sisters, Luanne (Barber) Williams, and LaVada Barber.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Barber.
Because of covid, there will be a private family memorial service October 17th at 2:00. The service will be posted on-line for those wishing to see it and can’t attend. To leave an online condolence for the family go to
Donations can be made to Lebanon Boys and Girls Club, or Lebanon United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
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Jim & Cathy Phillips

Posted at 12:43am
Joyce, Marnie, Doug,
We send you our condolences and love.

Scott Henderson

Posted at 04:54pm
Joyce, Marnie, and Doug,
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Joe, may his soul rest in peace. I was so privileged to be taught and coached by Joe through my middle school years, then lucky enough to actually teach with him during my teaching career. During my teacher training at Western Oregon, I remember an assignment that asked us to recall one of our favorite teachers growing up. We each had to detail why this person had an impact. My choice was simple, "Joe Barber"! He was always kind, caring, and compassionate. He had an ease about him that allowed you to feel comfortable, respected, and easy to approach. I learned a lot from Joe over my many years with him, mostly how to be a man of character and integrity. Thank you Joe, for being a role model. He will be missed...
Scott Henderson

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