Ronald Larry Bargerhuff, 73, passed away at home Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on May 16, 1938, in Wabash County, in his Grandmother and Grandfather Albitz’s farm house. On Jan. 26, 1958, Ron married Emily Kessler at Beck Memorial Chapel on the IU Bloomington campus.
Ron graduated from Kokomo High School in 1956, where he played varsity football and tennis. He lettered in both sports and played football on the KHS team, which won the 1955 North Central Indiana Championship. He attended Indiana University Bloomington from 1956 to 1958. Ron graduated from Indiana Barber College in Indianapolis in 1959. He joined the Kokomo Fire Department in July 1960, served on the “first aid” for six years and retired as a captain in July 1985. He worked for 48 years on a part-time and then full-time basis at Templin Barber Shop in Kokomo. Ron also served as a part-time EMT on the Howard Community Ambulance Service from 1980 to 1988. He was a member of both the Barber and Firefighter Unions.
Ron is survived by his wife of 53 years, Emily. Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Markus Naegeli, Kokomo, and Sally and Todd Nakanishi, Peoria, Ill.; six grandchildren, Kaleb, Anna, Kira and Leah Naegeli, and Katie and Amy Nakanishi; three sisters, Barbara Padfield, JoAnn (Ted) Starner and Linda (Mike) Goldsberry, all of Kokomo; brother, Bruce (Rita) Carter, Kokomo; sister-in-law, Julia (David) Ingle, Kokomo; and an aunt, Maxine Bargerhuff, Peru. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ron was preceded in death by parents, Harry and Nellie Carter, Myrtle Olive and Robert Hensley, and Gene and Marty Bargerhuff; sister, Berneice (Joseph) Kendall; brother-in-law, Norman Padfield; and brother, Tom Owens.
Ron’s family would like to express their gratitude to Guardian Angel Hospice with a special thanks to Cina, Nancy and Lori.
A celebration of life is 11 a.m. Saturday at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church (FEPC), 2000 W. Jefferson St., with Pastors Jerry VanAuken and Joyce Harris officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the parlor at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 W. Jefferson St., Kokomo, IN 46901, or to Guardian Angel Hospice, 511 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, IN 46902. Stout and Son Funeral Home, Russiaville, is assisting the family with the arrangements.