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John David Barlow, Sr.Passing: July 18, 2020

Service:

Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion

Celebration of Life

Sunday, August 2nd @ 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion

Sunday, August 2nd @ 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cemetery:

No Burial

BEDFORD – John David Barlow, Sr. lost his long fought battle with cancer on Saturday, July 18, 2020, surrounded by the love of his family and friends.

Born October 29, 1942, in Mitchell, he was the son of Solomon Jesse and Margie Belle (Hancock) Barlow.  John married Cheri´ L. (Blunk-McPike) on December 21, 1989.

Surviving:
wife,
Cheri´ Barlow of Bedford
sons,
John D. Barlow, Jr. of Okeechobee, Florida
Ian P. McPike of Zionsville
daughter,
Loray (McPike) Lambton (Shane) of Mooresville
grandsons,
Mitchell David Barlow of Bloomington
Parker S. Lambton of Mooresville
Liam J. McPike of Zionsville
granddaughters,
Chenea M. (Lambton) Stockhoff of Martinsville
Isla E. McPike of Zionsville
great granddaughter,
Raelyn M. Stockhoff of Martinsville
sister,
Helen M. (Barlow) Schmidt (Bill) of Brooks, Alberta, Canada
sisters-in-law,
Betty (McCart) Barlow (wife of Kenneth) of Carmel
Rachel (Yates) Barlow (wife of Bill) of Clearwater, Florida
many nieces and nephews

John dearly loved and was proud of them all.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Alice (Barlow) Westerfield, Kenneth P. Barlow, and Bill J. Barlow.

John was known for his competitive ability in anything he did.  It started as a kid, playing pickup basketball on the courts at Emerson Elementary and continued on the track, baseball, and basketball teams in high school.   He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1960 where he received a basketball scholarship to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama.

John was known as a “Jack of all Trades;” he worked at Stephenson’s Clothing, a bartender at Zeke’s Bar in Mitchell,  he owned the Barlow’s Ice Cream and Recreation Center on Main Street in Mitchell, and was a local standout in basketball, baseball, and softball.  John retired from NSWS Crane after 30 years of service as an Art Illustrator—Graphics Design.

In his adult life, he was a standout in bowling, baseball, basketball (playing with and against Larry Bird in a league organized by Monk Clemons), and softball.  John traveled with Zollman’s, Carpenter’s, Bedford Moose, and Capitol Oil Softball Teams.  John was  a member of Capitol Oil team out of Indianapolis that won the 45 and Over National Championship in 1989 and personally organized a team of 50+ from Lawrence County that won the 50 & Over National Championship. John was also inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame after he retired his mitt and bat.

In his retired years, he loved traveling with Cheri´ and friends to any place he could play golf.  He was loved, respected, and will be missed by many.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and a celebration of life will be Sunday, August 2, at Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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68 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Dean Crouch | http://Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: August 2, 2020
    I'm very sorry to hear of John's passing. I met John twenty-five years ago by chance. We ran in a mutual group of poker players for years and had many sessions together including multiple one on one matchups. John was very competitive and passionate about everything he did or set out to do. I wish I would've known John better but from the time I spent with John, whether it was in competition or relaxing at Myrtle Beach, he was always one of the best men I knew. Very caring and giving. Thank you John Barlow for the pleasure of letting me get to know you. You were a good man and a fighter beyond belief. Rest in peace. You deserve that.🙏🙏🙏. My condolences to Cheri and all family members.
  2. Guest: Jimmie Johnson | http://Bloomington
    Date: July 31, 2020
    John was a true friend of mine . I worked at Crane with John and we shared a lot of sports talk together. I will always cherish our friendship. God bless.
  3. Guest: John Schmidt | http://Falls Church, Virginia
    Date: July 29, 2020
    Very sorry to hear of Uncle John's passing. I will always have fond memories of visiting him on our summer trips from Canada when we were kids. Glad my mom and I could see him last October, and thankful for the poker wisdom he was able to share with me then. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  4. Guest: Shelia Reef | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Prayers for you Cheri ! Heaven has gained your angel! No more pain and peace of heaven with the almighty God! May you meet again in heaven one day! Prayers for all the family and friends!
  5. Guest: Jill morse | http://Mitchell
    Date: July 21, 2020
    I’m so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a wonderful person. Prayers for you, Cheri.
  6. Guest: Carolyn Turner McCart | http://Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Cheri, I am so sorry to hear about John. He was a fighter and a super nice guy. My love and prayers are with you and your family 🙏🏻❤ Carolyn McCart
  7. Guest: John richardson | http://Port charlotte Fl.
    Date: July 21, 2020
    John was one of the really good guys , thought a lot of John, will be missed .
  8. Guest: Brenda Kay Landreth Marshall | http://Salem, Illinois
    Date: July 21, 2020
    John and I grew up in the same neighborhood. Same class in school...went to church together. His mom and my mom were good friends. Lots of good memories. His sister, Helen, and I were in the same girl scout troop.Prayers for comfort to the family.
  9. Guest: Paul and Kathy Stroud | http://Mitchell
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Kathy and I were so sorry to learn of Cousin John's passing. He was certainly an all around natural athlete and loved all sports. I enjoyed playing golf, softball, and basketball with John. I also loved those trips to Churchill Downs. We send our condolences to all the family members as John will be sorely missed. RIP Cousin and God Bless.
  10. Guest: Michael Souder | http://Indianapolis
    Date: July 20, 2020
    My condolences to the family.
  11. Guest: Lisa Buck Tincher | http://Orleans, IN
    Date: July 20, 2020
    Cheri, so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to you and your family.
  12. Guest: Linda Fortner Chastain & J. Keith Chastain | http://Lakewood (Denver) Colorado
    Date: July 20, 2020
    Sorry to hear of John's passing. Always good times when John was around at church events, school events, and around his family (Helen). Prayers are with his family.
  13. Guest: Vance Kerns | http://Bedford
    Date: July 20, 2020
    Sorry to hear of John's passing. Unfortunately, I had to play more slo-pitch games against him than with him. What a competitor and he would give good advice that was well received. A blessing to have known him.
  14. Guest: Cynthia J. Barlow Mullis | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 20, 2020
    Dear John Jr., Sending you heartfelt condolences. Your Dad was such a cool Uncle when I was a kid, I thought he was great. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, Cheri and Aunt Helen. God bless you all, Cindy
  15. Guest: Michael D. Roach | http://Odon, IN
    Date: July 20, 2020
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
  16. Guest: Robin Corps | http://Carmel, California
    Date: July 20, 2020
    I remember John playing softball with my brother Larry. I had a lot of respect for John. My condolences to his family. RIP John
  17. Guest: Tom & Betty Gerkin | http://Bedford
    Date: July 20, 2020
    Played alot of sports with JB. A great friend who will be missed. Cheri you did a great job of taking care of him. Thoughts and prayers for you.
  18. Guest: Sharon Beekman Major | http://Sun City, AZ
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Dear Cheri, on behalf of John's Class of 1960 Classmates, we send our sincere condolences. May God give you and your family the strength during these difficult times. God Bless You All, Sharon
  19. Guest: Gary Mundy | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Cheri, I'm so sorry. I always liked John. He was a great guy with a calm demeanor and friendly manner. I remember the chats we had over at Crane--seems like only yesterday.
  20. Guest: Troy and Sarah Kinder | http://Bedford
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Cheri, it was always nice seeing and talking to you and John at the Crane cafeteria. My sincerest condolences to John Jr. and you. God bless.
  21. Guest: Dan Terrell | http://Mitchell In
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Seems like I have known JB my entire life. Great guy & a great friend. Gonna miss him for sure. Basketball, softball, bowling, golf, all night poker games- he was fun to be around. We have lost a good one-
  22. Guest: Marsha and Ed Neal | http://Freelandville, IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Sorry for your loss! Prayers for the family. I worked with John for several years at Crane and he was a great person to work with.
  23. Guest: Paula Redding Greathouse Paulk | http://Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Growing up on Orchard Street was full of great memories. But living across the street from John was really fun. Once he built a giant snowman with us in his front yard. The Mitchell Tribune came and took pictures. Memories of traveling to many AAU tournaments, softball games and croquet games in Monks front yard. He was always kind , funny and the first person you went to when selling anything for a fund raiser. Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to John’s family. May he Rest In Peace.
  24. Guest: Pamela (starling) Leadingham | http://Bedford, IN 47421
    Date: July 19, 2020
    My condolences to John’s family in the loss of your loved one. May God comfort you.
  25. Guest: Melva Cooper | http://Spencer, IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    To Cheri and the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember John from high school days when I would visit family in Mitchell with Brad Atkinson. Always saw him at the golf tourneys in Bedford too. Prayers and hugs to all. Melva and Steve
  26. Guest: Cindy Miller | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Cheri’ I am so sorry to hear of a Johns passing, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I remember John always being at the softball field and He always had a smile on his face. If there is anything I can do for you just let me know.
  27. Guest: Bret & Michelle Johnson | http://bedford, in
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Cheri, we are so sorry to hear John lost his battle with cancer. He was a good friend and will be missed. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. May God comfort and bless you all.
  28. Guest: Terry Cate | http://West, TX
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Bruce and I enjoyed the times we spent with John and Cheri in Bedford and Myrtle Beach. He was a good man - gone too soon!
  29. Guest: David and Annick Watson | http://Mitchell
    Date: July 19, 2020
    John will always be remembered as a Good and Honorable Friend. John will be greatly missed by Annick and I as well as so many, many others. Our most sincere condolences to You and the Family upon his passing. John was a Blessing to so many in so many ways. May God Bless You and Your Family. Davy and AK
  30. Guest: Michael Blunk | http://Cambridge City, IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I told my mom Nancy and Aunt Peggy and they send their condolences as well. Prayers.
  31. Guest: Jamie McClain | http://Bedford IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Love watching him play softball for many years. He was such a competitor. Our hearts go out to you and your family during this sad time.
  32. Guest: David Woodward | http://Bedford, In
    Date: July 19, 2020
    John was good friend, he would do anything to help you. It was honor to call him my friend. Rest In Peace, tell My brother hi when you see him in heaven. Prayers for the family. Woody
  33. Guest: Marc and MarthaFields | http://Mitchell IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Mitch gave us for Christmas a picture of Santa John had drawn. Great remembrance of a giving man. Marc remembers him giving his time as his little league coach!! May God comfort you and your family during this time.
  34. Guest: Susie Woodward | http://Bedford, Indiana
    Date: July 19, 2020
    I have no doubt that Tom was waiting with open arms for John in heaven! My prayers are with Cheri and all the family.
  35. Guest: Lonnie and Elaine Summers | http://Bedford In.
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Sherry, So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
  36. Guest: Steve and Lana Williams | http://Mitchell
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Steve and I are so sorry to hear this. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family🙏🙏🙏
  37. Guest: Cindy Acton Matlock | http://Bedford, IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    My deepest condolences Cheri. Prayers are with you and your family.
  38. Guest: Lisa Johnson | http://Indiana
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Cheri: I'm so sorry for your lost. I will keep you in in my prayers.
  39. Guest: David Edwards | http://Bedford, In
    Date: July 19, 2020
    So sorry to hear this, Cheri. JB and I played a lot of golf and softball together, and also bowled together. He was a wonderful person and someone I was happy to call a friend.
  40. Guest: Jan Grissom | http://Lafayette Louisiana
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Cheri so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
  41. Guest: CHARLES DELPHIA | http://BEDFORD
    Date: July 19, 2020
    SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS I ONLY GOT TO KNOW JOHN IN THE PAST 3 YRS AT THE AMERICAN LEGION GILLEN POST 33 IN YOU OR YOUR FAMILY NEEDS ANY THIG PLEASE FEEL WELCOME TO GET A HOLD OF THE LEGION RIP MY FRIEND
  42. Guest: Bill and Sherre Zink | http://Bedford In
    Date: July 19, 2020
    So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was such a nice man. Prayers to Cheri and family.
  43. Guest: Linda Connors | http://Bedford, IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    I’m so sorry for your loss Cheri. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.
  44. Guest: Todd Clark | http://Laguna Niguel, California
    Date: July 19, 2020
    John and I grew up together. ONLY thing I ever beat him was being born seven days earlier. Many very fond memories. Condolences to Cheri and family
  45. Guest: Jackie Stillman | http://Mitchell
    Date: July 19, 2020
    There are so many memories of the ballgames I watched John play back in the day. All the guys that played on Carpenter's team were like family. He will certainly be missed. RIP John we will miss you
  46. Guest: Pam ( Duncan) Frean | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Cheri,. I am so sorry the passing of John. Pam
  47. Guest: Danny Flynn | http://Bedford, IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    What I loved about John was that he was the same everytime I saw him. I think if I ever needed anything he would have helped me. He was that kind of person. I sure will miss the many nights of card games. RIP John and prayers to Cheri and your family.
  48. Guest: Myron & Faye Thomas | http://Bedford indiana
    Date: July 19, 2020
    So sorry ! Prayers for you and the family.
  49. Guest: Angie & Mickey Keith | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Cheri: We are so very sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers will be with you and your family. ❤
  50. Guest: LEAH K VOORHIES | http://MITCHELL
    Date: July 19, 2020
    You will be missed by many. Rest in peace. Condolences to Cheri and the whole family.
  51. Guest: Gary Luman | http://Mitchell, IN 47446
    Date: July 19, 2020
    John was a great friend who would do anything for you
  52. Guest: Jamie L Philpott | http://MITCHELL
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Im sorry to hear of your loss Cheri, John was a great friend of my Dad's. God has received a few good men in the last 8 months. He will be missed by many.
  53. Guest: Jerry W. Allen | http://Mitchell
    Date: July 19, 2020
    Cheri, and family, John was one of my best friends. John stood as my best man at our wedding in 1963. After that we play a lot of ball together, and had a good time. We had our day in the sun, and it was glorious. RIP my dear friend we will see you soon.
  54. Guest: Wayne and Mary Umphress | http://Bedford Indiana
    Date: July 19, 2020
    I only got to know John the past 8 or 9 years but we became good friends. He was a good guy and will be missed by many.
  55. Guest: Audrey Courson | http://Poland, IN
    Date: July 18, 2020
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Cheri.
  56. Guest: Anita Browne | http://Savannah GA
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Sorry for the lost of a good man. Heaven has a new Angel
  57. Guest: Kenny Watterson | http://Granger, In
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Our sincere condolences to Cheri and the family. John was a longtime friend to me going back to the days when he worked at Stephenson’s and Zeke’s. I always enjoyed watching him play softball as he was such a smooth, natural athlete. Rest In Peace ole friend and may God bless your soul.
  58. Guest: Sissy Terry Sproles | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Cheri - my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you during this time.
  59. Guest: Pat Rasnic | http://Indianapolis, IN
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Cheri and family: You are in my thoughts and prayers!
  60. Guest: Glen and Patty Stroud | http://Athens, Ga.
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Cheri, so sorry to hear about John. I really enjoyed talking to both of you a few years ago at Joe Ritchisons funeral. Anyone who grew up in Mitchell playing sports all looked up to John. God bless.
  61. Guest: Pat Rasnic | http://Indianapolis, IN
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Cheri and family: You are in my thoughts and prayers!
  62. Guest: Mike, Sue, Bret, Troy, and Tina Boruff | http://Bedford, IN
    Date: July 18, 2020
    We are all so sorry for your loss! John was such a competitor in softball as we all knew him and Mike played with him on same softball team and he was an outstanding player!! He was loved by all of us and will be sadly missed. Our heartfelt prayers go out to all of you at this very difficult time.
  63. Guest: Ted Powell | http://Bloomington, IN 47404
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Condolences to Cheri and the family. John was a relative on my Mother’s side. He was a great athlete. In our younger days we bowled many nights per week. I always admired his style of bowling and wanted to be just like him. RIP John, you will be missed!
  64. Guest: Larry and Connie Smith | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Cheri and family, so sorry for your loss. John was such a good guy.
  65. Guest: Alan Bocock | http://Mitchell Indiana
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Although I’m younger MHS 1965 seems like I’ve known him all my life. From watching him play sports in high school & beyond but spent many years bowling around him. Sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to the family😢
  66. Guest: Dave & Lana | http://Bedford, Indiana
    Date: July 18, 2020
    We will miss our very good friend. Blessed to have known John & have so many good memories. Love, hugs & prayers for Cheri & family.
  67. Guest: Kathy Vogler | http://Bedford, In
    Date: July 18, 2020
    Cheri so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kathy and Joe Vogler
  68. Guest: Mike and Rita | http://Bedford, In
    Date: July 18, 2020
    JB, our biggest cheerleader in golf for sure. Many fun times. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Love Mike and Rits
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