Harvard, Nebraska, resident Barbara Jean Tarr, 86, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, at the Harvard United Church of Christ with Pastor Dave Johnson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, July 28, from 4-6 p.m. at the Harvard United Church of Christ. Burial with military rites will be in the Harvard Cemetery in Harvard. Apfel Funeral Home in Harvard is in care of the family. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.apfelfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be given to the family.
Barbara was born March 9, 1933, to Stewart and Edna (Lamphear) Dale in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated high school in Omaha. She served in the U.S. Army in nursing from March 9, 1951, to March 30, 1953. While in the military she met her first husband, John Demler. With this union they had two children, Dea and Mark. The couple divorced a few years later. Barbara married Ross M. Tarr on Sept. 25, 1965, in Omaha. Together they had two children, Michael and Patrick. Ross passed away Sept. 14, 1985. Barbara was a homemaker.
Barbara enjoyed sewing, playing bingo, gardening, and tending to her flower beds. She most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She loved her cat “Pretty Boy” and other animals.
She is survived by her four children, Dea (Tom) Hamburger of Harvard, Mark Demler of Omaha, Michael (Karen) Tarr of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Patrick Tarr of York; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jodi Osborne of Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ross; and one grandson, Nicholas Michael.