Richard Laverne Barber, 66, of Ottumwa passed away peacefully on Aug 1, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines with his daughters at his side.\n\nBorn on July 28, 1954 in Centerville IA to Vance and Margaret Barber, Richard was the oldest of 3 boys. He attended Centerville High School, graduating in 1972. He later graduated from Indian Hills Community College with a degree in Computer Programming. On July 28, 1974 he united in marriage to Sandra (Crafton) Regnold. They later divorced but remained good friends until the end. \n\nRichard had a few different jobs in Centerville growing up including his family's restaurant, Rathbun Recreation Co., US Army Corps of Engineers, Chariton Valley Foundry, Jef-Scot Metal Industries, McGraw - Edison and Bennett Box and Pallet Co. In late 1977, he went to work for Everco Industries where he became Foreman in Jan of 1984. He stayed with them through their transition in the early 90's to Moog Automotive and finally left in 1997 after they changed to Cooper Industries. His tenure there developed many friendships, some which he still has today. Richard went on to join Autozone in 1997 until around 2010. Richard loved working on Chryslers and Dodges and spent many hours under the hood or under the vehicles over the years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved his grand fur baby, Oscar.\n\nRichard leaves behind his mother, Margaret Barber, of Knoxville IA. His two daughters, Michelle (Jesus) Alanis of Harrison AR and Christina Barber of Ottumwa. His pride and joy, his grandchildren, Devin and Noe' Colin Alanis of Harrison AR. His brothers Dennis (Doreen) Barber of Mitchellville IA and Gary (Janette) Barber of Centerville IA. Nieces and nephews, Dawn Barber and her children Dakkota and Delilah of Mitchellville, Danielle Barber of Des Moines, Micki (Zig) Kauzlarich of Omaha NE and their children Brogan, Buddy (Krista) and Chase, Tina (Scott) Talbot of Indianola IA and their children Alix and Kegan, Angie (Rob) Talbot of Centerville IA and their children Jordon and Haven and Jordon's daughter Jayde, as well as a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends that meant a lot to him. \n\nHe is preceded in death by his father, Vance, grandparents, Henry and Bernis Barber and Harold and O'Leta Davis, plus other family whom he loved.\n\nA Celebration of Life will be held on Sat Aug 8, 2020 from 3-7 pm at Memorial Park in Ottumwa IA. Masks are recommended but not required. There is plenty of space available for social distancing. \nIn lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital or to the family.