Robert Barrus, 71

Robert D. Barrus, 71, Wabash, died at 9:10 a.m., Sunday, April 6, at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Aug. 10, 1942 in Wabash, to Robert E. and  Mary (Saulmon) Barrus.

Bob was a 1960 graduate of Wabash High School.  He married Kim Louise Winer at the Wabash Christian Church on May 15, 1965.   He was a service man for Indiana American Water Co. in Wabash for 39 years, retiring in 2006. He was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, a longtime member of the Wabash Lions Club, a former Big Brother Volunteer, and coached in the Wabash T-Ball and Women's League Softball. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and the outdoors. Bob enjoyed watching and attending his kids and grandkids sporting activities. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs Fan.  

He is survived by his wife, Kim Louise Barrus; four children, Shelly (Jeff) Knee, Carrie (Tim) Vogel, and Jennifer (J.P.) Denney, all of Wabash, and Joel (Meghan Davis) Barrus, Yorktown; eight grandchildren, Jaimie Knee, Indianapolis, Lindsay Knee, Matthew Knee, Katelin Vogel, Dereck Vogel, Kaden Vogel, Kyleigh Hampton, and Kolton Hampton, all of Wabash; two sisters, Sharon Watson, Fort Wayne, and Marsha (Gary) Stapleton, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Melinda Kammerer officiating. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash. Family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Wabash County Cancer Society.

The memorial guest book for Bob may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Apr 07