CDR Barry E. Humphrey, USNR (Ret.)

August 28, 1941 - February 2, 2021

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CDR Barry E. Humphrey, USNR (Ret.), age 79, longtime resident of Skokie. Past Cub Scout Master, Troop No. 243; Past President, Skokie Historical Society; lifelong member of the former St. John Lutheran Church, Lincolnwood; 22-year employee at Hewlett-Packard; member, Model “A” Ford Restorers Club; amateur astronomer, avid fossil hunter, and lover of classical and baroque music.Continue Reading

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Genevieve Pintang (Biederer) left a message on February 18, 2021:
Dear Mrs. Humphrey and Family, I am so very sorry to hear about Mr. Humphrey. I have many fond memories of seeing him walk the Scotties and driving the convertible or on rare occasion the old model T! Thinking of all of you and praying for your peace and comfort.
Joyce and Dave Oseland left a message on February 11, 2021:
We just learned of this and are so sorry to hear this sad news. Cleta, we pray for God’s Grace and comfort during this difficult time.
John and Linda Parapetti left a message on February 10, 2021:
Linda and I just learned of Barry's passing. My deepest condolences go to the Humphrey family - Cleta, John and Anne. Barry and I shared some wonderful memories in the Scouts at Fairview...from the soap box derbies to the memorable winter camp outing in a Wisconsin cave. He was a special person and we are all thankful to have known him. Rest in peace, Barry,
Mike Gilley left a message on February 10, 2021:
My deepest sympathies to the Humphrey family over the loss of Barry. I worked with Barry for much of his career at HP and have memories of a man of high integrity, a man of his word, and a kind person. The first thing I visually recall when thinking about Barry are his shoes. He was always wearing his high-gloss, Naval dress uniform shoes. Meticulously maintained, they quietly spoke volumes about the man. I'll miss Barry and those career days we had together at HP. RIP.
Amin and Ann Daghestani left a message on February 9, 2021:
Our deepest condolences for the loss of Mr Humphrey
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Lisa Sheehan left a message on February 8, 2021:
In memory of CDR Barry E. Humphrey, USNR, Retired, Lisa Sheehan lit a candle
Dan Huhti left a message on February 8, 2021:
I am so sorry for your loss. Remember the good times you had, as they help to get through, the sadness of his loss. My prayers go with you all.
Sharon and Al Johnson left a message on February 6, 2021:
Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May God give you comfort and hold on to all the memories you shared with him.
Ronald Baran left a message on February 5, 2021:
My deepest sympathies to the Humphrey family. You were very inspirational to my sons when they were involved in scouting so many years ago. I'm sure some of what you taught them made them want to serve their country in their time in the military and now in jobs serving their communities. God Bess you and your family. RIP sir.
William and Christine Koch left a message on February 5, 2021:
Dear Humphrey family,We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband/father. He was such a nice man! Hugs and prayers to you all!William and Christine Koch
John Humphrey left a message on February 5, 2021:
Dad. They don't make men like you anymore. I am not half the father and person you were. I was very blessed to have you and I hope to live my life in a way that makes you proud. I pray that you are seeing your mother for the first time in so long, and that your father and Brian are there to greet you. Your work here is done. You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith.
Kurt Baran left a message on February 5, 2021:
I will never forget my Cub Scout cub master, Boy Scout troop leader Mr. Humphrey. I always looked forward to going to his house for scout meetings, and hearing the stories he had to tell. His laughter was infectious. I still remember the telescope he made out of old stove pipes. He was always an inspiration and always helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Ever the scout. I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with the Humphrey family. Godspeed, Barry Humphrey.
Todd & Jeni Baran left a message on February 5, 2021:
Sir- you were such an inspiring leader, historian, Officer and role model. As a kid, you treated my brother and I with respect, and acted like a father figure. Your knowledge of all the "little things" filled our young minds with awe. I remember you talking about your days as a Navy Pilot, and sharing your knowledge of the "artifacts" we found when they were tearing down Niles East High School. Your kids are wonderful people, who I am honored to call friend. Society as a whole is missing a great human being. I am honored to have had the privilege to know you, and be in your company. You will be missed dearly. My wife and I would like to send our deepest and most sincere sympathies to Anne, John, and the rest of the family.
The James Hassell Family left a message on February 5, 2021:
Forever in our memories, The Beautiful Barry Humphrey Family.
ISCS John Joseph, USNR (ret) left a message on February 5, 2021:
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of CDR Barry Humphrey. I met Mr Humphrey in 1970. He was my first Division Officer coming out of "PT" A School. He was one of the best Imagery Analysts around and help those of us who worked with him to apply what we learned. He was always looking out for the enlisted people in his charge. We served in different units over the years and became good friends, I always had a lot of respect for him. Cleta, I know you went above and beyond in your care for Barry. I know the last few years have been very difficult for you and your family. CDR Humphrey was truly an Officer and a Gentleman and will be greatly missed. Wishing Fair Winds and Following seas to a true Patriot. My condolences to the family. Please know that his Navy family is here to help in any way we can. Wish we could be with you during this very difficult time. Senior Chief John Joseph
Mannie Pollack left a message on February 5, 2021:
Barry was one of the finest people I knew starting at Fairview. I last saw him at the Skokie Historical Society where he had a major role in creating the exhibit on Niles Twp High School East and for a small donation gave me a piece of the old gym floor. My deepest condolences to those he left behind.
Carol Peterson left a message on February 5, 2021:
I was so sorry to hear about Barry. I enjoyed it when he'd stop in the school office--always friendly, always smiling. And now there's a THIRD generation of Humphreys at Fairview! How he loved his grandkids! May God be with you and comfort you during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy.
Lynn & Steve Spencer left a message on February 5, 2021:
Peace to his memory...
Lesley Dillabough left a message on February 5, 2021:
In memory of CDR Barry E. Humphrey, USNR, Retired, Lesley Dillabough lit a candle
François Njeim left a message on February 5, 2021:
So sorry for your loss. May God bless you all and comfort your hearts. I'm so honored to have met Mr.humphery.
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Paul Biederer left a message on February 5, 2021:
So sorry for your great loss. I was very fond of Mr. Humphrey, and have shared many stories of his kindness and wit with Kristine and Hank. I can't find the proper words of comfort. Know that we are here to help.
Captain John Gadow, Retired left a message on February 5, 2021:
Warm wishes of condolence to Barry's family. He was a stalwart member of our NAS Glenview Intelligence Team. It was a privilege to know him. Be at peace, Barry.
Eric Wentz left a message on February 4, 2021:
May God bless your family and bequeath comfort upon all those who mourn CDR Humphrey's death.
Dan McDevitt, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired) left a message on February 4, 2021:
My condolences to Commander Humphrey's Family. He was an exemplary Naval Officer and a good man, who will be missed. He will be in my prayers.
CDR Joe Troiani, U.S. Navy (retired) left a message on February 4, 2021:
It was very much an honor and privilage to have serve with him in the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program at Glenview Naval Air Station.
Tom Schuette, Iliana Perez, Michael Johnson and Gurtin Municipal Bond Management left a message on February 4, 2021:
To the Humphrey Family,We are deeply sorry for your loss and are thinking of all of you in this difficult time. We hope that our prayers and thoughts can provide you comfort and peace.
Captain Craig & Judy Kopstain, USNR-Retired left a message on February 4, 2021:
Fair winds and following seas, dear Navy brother-in-arms. You were one fantastic fellow officer, and showed the world what compassion and brotherhood and friendship were all about. You were a true leader in the Navy, and earned the respect of everyone whose lives you touched ... enlisted, officers, and just plain citizens of the world. You were lucky to have a wonderful and unbelievably caring wife, a fine family, and a car that was the envy of half the world. And Barry, you made the world a better place for your having been here. You will be missed more than words can ever say. We send our love to you, your dear wife, and loving children and grandchildren. Anchors Aweigh.Judy and Craig Kopstain, Captain, USNR-Retired
Jeffrey Sippil left a message on February 4, 2021:
I am very sorry to learn about Barry's passing. He and I were high school classmates graduating Niles East in 1960. Both of us headed up our 35th reunion in 1995 which gave us a chance to reconnect with many of our old classmates. We were also both part of NAIRU 722 drilling out at NAS Glenview on weekends from about 1967 to 1971. He was an officer and I a lowly enlisted man which meant I had to salute my old high school classmate. I have not seen Barry since I believe our 50th reunion but have thought about him. May he rest in peace.
Gail Zaverdinos left a message on February 4, 2021:
Cleta, I was saddened today as I read Barry’s obituary in the Trib. I know how much he had done in his life for friends, organizations and community, and family. Whenever I think of you I always remember a visit we had I the den at your house filled with tributes to Barry for all he had accomplished. Please express my condolences to Anne and John. Know I am thinking of all and hoping the memories and love help sustain you all. He was a remarkable person as are you. Love, Gail
Shelley Chipkin left a message on February 4, 2021:
Dearest Cleta, Anne & John. I will always treasure the memories and the bond of friendship that our families have cultivated over the last 40 plus years. From the days of Barry's loving devotion, leadership and stellar role modeling to his cub/boy scouts, to the more recent years of reminiscences of days gone by, Barry will always be thought of with great fondness and appreciation. May your lifetime of memories sustain you. In loving friendship, Shelley
Barb Smith left a message on February 4, 2021:
Cleta and Family: I will always remember Barry and his service to his country, church and God. And his love for his high school. I know that he rests in God's arms now. Bless you, John and Anne and their children. Barb Smith
Haben Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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