George L. Barp – Obituary
June 2, 1922 – May 25, 2008
June 4, 2008
George L. Barp, 85 died on May 25, 2008. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Big Piney. A rosary will be said on Sunday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Anne’s.
George was born in Frontier, WY to Eustachio & Giovanna Ropelato Barp, he was baptized on April 28, 1924 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kemmerer. He attended elementary school in Frontier.
George served his country in the Army during World War II in the Western Pacific front and was honorably discharged on February 12, 1946.
George married Edythe Fear on April 28, 1947 in Kemmerer, and established their home in Big Piney. He served as the Big Piney Postmaster for several years. In the spring of 1956 George and Edythe purchased the Big Piney Drug Store. They operated the drug store until a fire destroyed the building in March of 1961. In early 1962 they purchased the Big Piney Garage and Texaco gas station which also included a few schools buses providing student transportation for the school district. In the spring of 1966 they closed the gas station to devote their energy full time to provide quality student transportation for the Big Piney schools. In 1988, after providing service for 29 years they sold the buses to the school, retiring to their home in Big Piney.
In retirement George spent many hours working on various woodworking and craft projects, always attempting to build a better mouse trap. George & Edythe enjoyed their annual Fourth of July gathering of family, extended family, neighbors and friends for an old fashioned milk can dinner and social complete with homemade root beer.
George is survived by his son George R. (Jan) and their children Eric and wife Jenni, Meghan, Nick, Amanda and grand children Alexis and Tyler; daughter Mary Ellen Giles, children Jillian and Kristofer; son Daniel C. (Janet) and their sons Josh and Jesse; and sister-in-law Grace Barp. George was preceded in death by his wife Edythe, parents, sisters Mary and Freda, brother Raymond, infant son George Clifton and son-in-law Leo Giles.
The family requests memorials be sent to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Box 111, Torrington, WY 82240.