PRINCETON — J. Steven Barlow, 74, of Princeton passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, four hours after the birth of his 13th grandchild.
Steve was born Oct. 7, 1939, in Wichita, Kan., to Vernon Westfall and Martha (Stevenson) Barlow. He graduated from Humboldt High School in Humboldt, Kan., in 1958. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1962 with a degree in business administration. He played football in high school and college. Steve started working at Bruce Monument Company in Kansas and in 1979, after the passing of his father-in-law, he moved to Illinois and learned the craft of farming. He married Susan Peterson on June 5, 1961, in Manhattan, Kan. She survives.
Steve had extensive memberships in Kansas and Princeton including: First Presbyterian Church as a deacon, elder, youth leader and trustee; Scoutmaster; Toastmasters; Jaycees; Rotary; Kiwanis; Elks; Ronald Reagan Trail Association Board; chairman of the Tourism Committee in Princeton; Chamber of Commerce Board; Bureau County Senior Citizens Association Board; Princeton Elementary School Board for five years; volunteer ambulance driver/CPR instructor in Princeton; Bureau County Farm Board president, township director for five years, treasurer for four years and vice president for one year; and First State Bank Board for five years. He was also a Mason and a Shriner.
Steve is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan Barlow of Princeton. Also surviving are four children, Jay Barlow, Sarah (John) Larsen, Rebekah Leach and Rachel (Jeff) Bystry, all of Princeton; 13 grandchildren, Jay Steven Barlow II, Benjamin Larsen, Jacob, Hensley, Garity and Emmett Leach, and Amelia, Justus, Milo, Simeon, Faustina, Patience and Angelo Bystry; and two sisters, Ann (Gilbert) Cation of Kansas and Jane (Roy) Slagle of Texas. He was also a foster parent to many youth throughout his lifetime.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Princeton, with the Rev. Brian Hall officiating. Burial will be private and at a later date.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.
Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church and the Bureau County Food Pantry.
The Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.