Steven Barr, age 71, of Ortonville, MN, passed away Friday, December 9, 2022, at Sanford Health Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, December 16, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ortonville, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Fr. Brian Oestreich will celebrate the Mass and inurnment will be held at a later date. A Celebration of Steven’s Life will be held following the service at the new Ortonville Volunteer Fire Headquarters at: 437 Minnesota Street North, Ortonville, MN.
Steven Charles Barr was born on January 12, 1951, in Ortonville, MN, to Bob and Betty (Hoogestraat) Barr. He grew up in Ortonville and graduated from Ortonville High School with the Class of 1969. After college, Steve returned to Ortonville to work with his father at his business, Barr’s Electric, eventually becoming the third-generation owner of the business. He retired and sold the business on the 100-year anniversary of family ownership.
Steve met his wife, Phyllis Kirchberg, through the Ortonville Ambulance Service, where Steve volunteered 25 years of service. They made their home in Ortonville and were blessed with three beautiful daughters: Lexi, Kristin, and Caiti. Steve was proud to be the father of three daughters. He supported the girls in their interests and loved to watch them in a game, a play, and see them succeed in school. Steve loved to tease and play jokes. His smirk was well-known; one could say he was a genuine goofball.
Steve took great pride in is 44 years of service to the Ortonville Volunteer Fire Department. He served as Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, and Head of the Firemen’s Relief Association. Steve also volunteered his time with the Big Stone Area Healthcare Foundation for many years.
In his younger years, Steve’s hobbies included snowmobiling with his family and friends and pulling his kids (and everyone else’s) tubing behind the boat. In more recent years, his hobbies included Sunday Meetings, ice fishing, woodworking, grilling, and spending time at his lake place on Lake Mary.
Even more than his hobbies, Steve was always ready to help with any projects or tasks his family asked him to do. A source of great joy (and noise) were his eight grandchildren. He loved being Papa and always had an open knee for his grandkids to sit on. Steve was a great husband, the ultimate father, a doting papa, a hard-working business owner, and dedicated community member. He taught his children and grandchildren to work hard, have fun, and respect everyone. Steve demonstrated his love for his family and friends by being generous with his time and selfless with his actions. He will be missed beyond measure.
Steve is survived by his wife of 40 years, Phyllis; daughters: Lexi (Nathan) Meyer of Melrose, MN; Kristin (Shawn) Taffe of Graceville, MN; and Caiti (Ashton) Conroy of Ortonville, MN; eight grandchildren: Evan, Cora, and Luke Meyer, Tessa and Sully Taffe, and Sailor, Poppy, and Tuesday Conroy; brothers: Mike (Lynette) Barr and Tim (Cathy) Barr; along with many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Betty Barr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Big Stone Healthcare Foundation.