Vincent D. “Vince” Barrett, age 85, Logansport, passed away at 12:54 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2023, at WoodBridge Health Campus.
Born September 18, 1937, in Logansport, he was the son of Norbert L. and Eleanor C. Barrett.
On November 9, 1974, he was married to Sarah Jane Hanna, who survives.
A 1955 graduate of Logansport High School, Vince was a United States Army veteran and brought his intelligence to bear during his Army career. He excelled in his military duties and even had a working knowledge of the Russian language which was a requirement for his responsibilities as a clerk.
Vince retired in 2006 from Delco Electronics after 38 years of employment. He was a precision tool & die machinist and carried a meticulous attention to detail throughout his life. He would solve mathematical problems in his head.
Vince was a man of keen intellect and genuine curiosity. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington for one year and could not continue for financial reasons. In later life, determined to finally finish what he was prevented from completing at I.U., he attended Indiana Wesleyan University earning two degrees, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA). He graduated summa cum laude in both academic achievements.
He was also a man of multiple and varied interests too numerous to mention. He loved Native American heritage and history in general.
Fond of all animals, he especially loved his dogs which he called his “woogers”. He had a cockatiel named “Tweetie Bird”. His love of animals also included “frogging” and eating frog’s legs. He loved mushroom hunting, walking in the woods and picking pears. Vince would pick dandelions and grow grapes and rhubarb to make his own wine.
An outdoorsman, Vince enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing and constructed his own canoes as well as painting them. He was from a family of artists and had a love of art, drawing and painting.
His wife, Sarah, is an accomplished equestrian and has often been seen in local parades. She called Vince her “right-hand” man during these events.
Vince was also a traveler who enjoyed the Western United States. The family recalls his trip to Ireland where he often later bragged that he had kissed the Blarney Stone not once but twice.
He loved the music of Johnny Mathis, especially the song, “The Twelfth of Never”. It was “their” song.
Vince was a member of the former St. Bridget’s Church in Logansport, where he fondly remembers being an altar boy. He attended St. Bridget’s elementary school.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Sarah, are sons, Matthew D. Barrett, and Patrick J. Barrett, both of Logansport, daughter, Laura J. Barrett, Indianapolis, and Shannon Barrett, Logansport.
Also surviving are brothers, Charles “Charlie” Barrett, John “Ted” Barrett, both of Logansport; grandchildren, Nicholas Daniel Barrett, Jackson David Barrett; brother-in-law, Mark Penz; several nieces and nephews; and two life-long best friends from the Army, Arlo Skari of Montana and Tom Slattery of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by a son, Trooper Daniel Barrett (Indiana State Police), sister, Mary Ann Penz; brother William “Bill” Barrett and sister-in-law, Sharon Barrett.
The funeral service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 19th, at Kroeger Funeral Home, with Father Adam Mauman officiating.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 18th, at Kroeger Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday.
The Patriot Guard will provide a display of United States Flags at the funeral home during the visitation and funeral service to honor Vince’s service to our country in the United States Army.
Interment with full military honors provided by uniformed members of the United States Army and members of the Cass County Honor Guard will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Kroeger Funeral & Cremation is in charge of all arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pets R Us (Cass County Humane Society), 700 Water Street, Logansport, IN 46947.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.kroegerfuneralhome.com.
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