Charles Michael Barber

Charles Michael Barber

February 20, 1935 - July 07, 2010

Charles Michael Barber

February 20, 1935 - July 07, 2010


Barber, Charles Michael ‘Chuck’ 75, of Lake Forest passed away Wed, July 7, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. He was born Feb 20, 1935 In New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was the son of Virginia Mae Barber and Charles Barber, and the brother of Ronald Barber. He grew up in Middlesex, New Jersey.

He attended public school till he enlisted in the USMC. He met his wife Shizuko in Japan and married in Yokohama March 28, 1958. They went on to raise 3 children who were all born in Japan. Throughout the years, they had resided in the United States and Japan.

While the family was in Japan, Chuck had served the USMC in the Viet-Nam War and is a Viet-Nam War Veteran. Years later he settled his family in Orange County California and continued his career as a Marine, working in the Motor Pool and also refueling planes. After retiring from the Marines, he went on to pursue a life long dream of owning his own business, traveling across the United States, picking up and delivering cars, car parts and whatever else there was to tow across the entire US. He told us that he’s traveled to almost every state and he loved being on the road with his load and his riding partners, which were the family pets.

He worked hard and played hard and working was relaxing for him. His hobbies in the past included selling at the swap meets, garage sales, and most recently working on his computers. Other interests were talking politics, animals and meeting people abroad.

He will be missed but forever in our hearts. He is survived by Shizuko, his beloved wife of 52 years, his 2 children, Charles and Theresa, his 3 grandchildren, Pablo, Vanessa and Estela, and Ronald, his brother and the family pet, Spike.

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10 responses to Charles Michael Barber

  1. jeff barber says:

    I will always remember the times we spent together and the stories you told of the trips. There was also the time you bet me i couldn’t put a bag of cheetos in my mouth with out swallowing them you were right. you will be missed.

    love always carrie jeff and bailey barber

    p.s the pizza is still cold

  2. Mike was a real American hero. I remember being at my uncle Charle’s home before Mike left for his tour in Viet Nam. When Mike returned to Middlesex on his many trips across the United States he often visited my mother, his aunt for a home made meal. She was always grateful throughout the years for his visits.

  3. Marie says:

    I will miss my dear cousin who always visited us in Middlesex, NJ whenever he came out our way. He loved to spend hours having dinner with me and my Mom, and we loved hearing his stories of travels in the US and around the world. I can still picture him walking down Beechwood coming towards our house with Benny. I can’t get use to not receiving his emails every day that were not only informative, but filled with encouragement and laughter. I am so glad I got the chance to stay close with my cousin and miss him very much. R.I.P. Cuz.

  4. Estela says:


    You are sincerely missed. You were a fantastic grandfather and an amazing man. Your family loved you dearly we still do! I am truly thankful for all the time we had with you. I still have all of the postcards you would send me from wherever you were that week. Thank you for all of your love and for all of the great memories. Rest in peace!

    Lotsa Love,

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