Frederick L. “Fred” Barlow, 72, of LaFayette, died at 8:48 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital, in Iowa City, Iowa. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 at Rux Funeral Home, in Kewanee. The Rev. Fred Reiner will officiate. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at the funeral home. Burial will be in LaFayette Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the Fred Barlow Memorial Fund for a memorial to be established.
He was born Nov. 14, 1946, in Ames, Iowa, the son of Richard B. and Mary Kay (Weise) Barlow Sr. He married Snookey Johnson on Dec. 30, 1965, at the LaFayette Methodist Church and had been married for 53 years at the time of his death.
Fred graduated from Galva High School in 1965. He served his country with the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968 and was in Vietnam for 13 months. After serving with the Marine Corps, he had worked at Kewanee Boiler then at Caterpillar in Mossville. He next went to truck driving school in Wisconsin and drove for Werner Enterprise for three years and then at Alcoa in Princeville as a driver. After Alcoa’s closing, he went to work at Pines/ Great Dane as a spotter driver. He really enjoyed his truck driving!
The most interests and love in his life was his family. He really enjoyed his grandchildren as they were his hobbies. He was a scuba diver and snorkeler and loved Hawaii and the ocean. He and his wife had traveled 33 times to Hawaii in their travels. He also enjoyed guns and shooting, the History Channel and its war stories and oh, how he loved shrimp!
He is survived by his wife, Snookey; a daughter, Michelle Barlow Wilburn, of Mooresville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Cody Collins, of LaFayette; and Jessica Collins, of Mooresville, N.C.; a sister, Debra (Bob) Conner, of Galva; and a brother, James Barlow, of Utica, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael; and a brother, Richard B. Barlow Jr.