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Steven Lawrence Barber


March 31, 2021

Jan. 31, 1952 - March 24, 2021

Steven Lawrence Barber age 69, passed away peacefully at home March 24, 2021 after battling Lewy body dementia.

Steve was born Jan. 31, 1952 in Milwaukee, Wis., to Lawrence Albert Barber and Lillian Ione Potrzebny and was raised there with his brother and sister.

He moved to California in the early ’70s and worked as an iron worker with his brother, following their father and grandfather.

In 1986, he moved to Sweet Home, where he became the town’s only locksmith and the owner of Ames Creek Storage.

Those that knew Steve knew a very kind and generous man. He lit up a room with his humor, positivity and his passion for life. His wit and character were unmatched and many remember him as a man with all the jokes.

He was always lending a helping hand to those in need and was a very loving father.

He was a man of faith and was involved in St. Helen Catholic Church and Riverside Christian Church.

His hobbies included being outdoors, camping, swimming, boating and hiking. He was passionate about good rock music and was a drummer in a band. He loved the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.

Steve had a lot of things he said, but one thing that stands out most is when he would say “put your heart in the game.”

Steve’s heart was in everything he did and it showed every day with his passion for all life has to offer.

He leaves his son Nick and daughter-in-law Kim; grandchildren Bryce and Ruby; daughter Cara and son-in-law Brian; brother Mike Barber; sister Sandra Smith; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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