May 11, 1937 – February 13, 2019

Barry D. Farris, Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4), USA Retired and former Marine, died on February 13, 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mr. Farris was born on May 11, 1937 in Grinnell, Iowa to Dale F. Farris and Neva (Anderson) Farris.  He was married July 12, 1957 to LeEtte (Peterson) Farris in Colorado Springs at First Methodist Church, in Lehmberg Chapel.

He is survived by his daughter, Angela L. Fountain; and three grandchildren: Tripp Fountain, Drew Fountain and Aubrey Fountain.  He was preceded in death by his wife, LeEtte; his parents; a baby son, Brett Allen Farris; and his brother, Larry K. Farris.

Mr. Farris served in the United States Marine Corps from July 8, 1955 to July 7, 1959. He served in the United States Army from May 31, 1960 to January 31, 1980 when he retired.  His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star w/2 OLC, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/2 OLC, Army Good Conduct Medal (2 Awards), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Parachute Badge.

He spent his last working years as a longtime employee of the Fine Arts Center as a Security Officer. He terminated his employment on December 29, 2011 and entered into full retirement.

Mr. Farris was a life member of the United States Warrant Officer Association, life member of the Military Officers Association of America, life member of the Pikes Peak Detachment of the Marine Corps League, life member of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, life member of the “Blackhorse” and life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 143, the Elks (B.P.O.E.) Lodge No. 309, and the American Legion in Lake Conchas, New Mexico, Post 19.

Barry (CSHS class of 1955) and LeEtte (CSHS class of 1957) were both active in the CSHS / Palmer High School Alumni Association and were Charter members. Barry served the Association as both Vice President, President and also served as the Hall of Fame and Homecoming Chairperson for many years.

Private burial at Evergreen Cemetery.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. In lieu of flowers please donate to one of the fine associations listed above.

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss. When this happens in our family we need more than human strength. God and his Son can provide what we need. Please review these scriptures : John 5:28-29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  2. To the Farris Family: Your loss cannot be described by another. Barry was a friendly, cheerful, shoot-from-the-hip kind of guy, that we need in the world today. His gift of over 30 years of volunteering will be missed, yet remembered. Barry was my friend and pal. I will miss our talks and his laugh. May he rest in peace in his eternal sleep. Good bye my friend.

  3. So sorry for your loss Angie. I’ll keep you in my prayers

  4. Our prayers and thoughts are with those who are left behind.

  5. Barry was a good and honest man. We will all miss his smile and wit. Rest easy.
    My sincerest condolences.

  6. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Our Barry is now guarding the streets of Heaven! RIP my friend!

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. We didn’t know you long, but we’re friends immediately. It was always good to look out in my audience and see you sitting there or dancing to my music. Barb and I will miss you. Most sincere sympathy to friends and family.

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