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“I will miss Barry. I cut his hair for many years. He started coming to our shop in the 90's. He had an exuberance for life that I admired. Sharp as a...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Renee Wulf - Friend

“I am sorry to hear of Barry's passing. I am thinking of all of his family and sending healing light as you grieve his loss..... ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Anne Lewis - Ankeny, IA

“Our deepest sympathies to Shelley and Barry's family. I considered Barry a friend as well as a colleague during our years together in the trust...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: William Ewalt - Lewisville, NC

“Barry was the one of the best trust administrators I have known. I was fortunate to find him and suggest he interview for one of two positions...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Dearest Lolo and family, words cannot express the sadness I hold in my heart for you. Barry was one of my very favorite cousins and even though I...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Angie Marshall - Bellevue, NE

“We are saddened to here of Barry's passing. Our deepest sympathies to Barry's family. Barry was a special young man who I had the great pleasure to...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Rick&Mary Louise Mathews - IA

“Deepest sympathies to Barry's family. He was a good man and will be deeply missed. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Ernie Gruwell - Aberdeen, MS

“I attended Eddyville School and graduated a year after Barry. He was the Quarterback for our Football team and he married a girl from my hometown of...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Rod Lappin - OSKALOOSA, IA

“So sorry to hear about this. Barry was a good friend in High School. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Paul Middlesworth - Eddyville, IA


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Barry Farmer, 64, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away peacefully on February 17th, 2020 at the MercyOne Hospice House in Johnston, Iowa after battling Lewy Body Dementia for the past two years. A visitation will be held on February 21, 2020 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). His life will be honored on February 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., also at the funeral home.

Barry Douglas Farmer was born on November 29, 1955 in Oskaloosa, Iowa to Charles and Lois Farmer. Raised as an only child on an acreage just outside of Eddyville, Iowa, Barry graduated from Eddyville High School in 1974 as Valedictorian. He pursued higher education first at Ellsworth Community College playing baseball and graduating as Valedictorian (1974-1976) before advancing to the University of Northern Iowa where he played baseball for the Panthers and graduated with a BA in Business Finance (1978). He completed his education at the University of Iowa in 1981, graduating with distinction with a Juris Doctor Law Degree.

Barry began his career practicing law in Fairfield, Iowa and Albia, Iowa. In 1986, he moved to Algona, Iowa to become a Trust Officer at Iowa State Bank. Barry joined Wells Fargo (Norwest) Bank in Des Moines, Iowa in 1988 where he served as a Trust Officer and held various management roles before retiring in 2013.

Barry married Shelley Rudolph in 2001 in Des Moines, Iowa and together they enjoyed golfing, traveling, spending time with cherished friends, and keeping up with their 11 grandchildren – especially on Beggar's Night! Before meeting Shelley, Barry was married to Denise Ashman, with whom he raised two outstanding children: Amy and Andrew. He was a proud father, and through his measured and consistent ways, he taught his children many valuable life lessons that have attributed to their success and perseverance in life.

Barry had an outgoing personality, witty sense of humor, an infectious laugh, and could be counted on to share his opinion whether you wanted to hear it or not. Barry was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and temporary fan of any team playing the Cyclones. He loved sports - especially watching Amy and Andrew compete in their early years, and he enjoyed being on the golf course where he was always up for a small wager in an attempt to throw off his golf partners. Barry loved being "Papa" to his grandchildren and enjoyed babysitting when available. He was a true companion to Shelley - even accompanying her on her many business trips. In times of need, he was always there for his family and friends. Barry will be deeply missed.

Barry will be remembered always by his wife and best friend of 18 years, Shelley Farmer; his mother, Lois Farmer of Ankeny, Iowa; his daughter, Amy Shannon and wife Deborah of Newton, Iowa; his son Andrew Farmer and wife Lindsay of Ankeny, Iowa; and his 11 grandchildren, Cole Downey, Alyssa, Brooklyn, Briana, Jaelynn, Grace, Quinn and Carver Shannon, and Sidnee, Ayla and Bohdan Farmer. Barry was preceded in death by his father, Charles Farmer; grandson, Andrew Lindsay Farmer; and first wife, Denise Farmer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Barry may be made directly to the Lewy Body Dementia Association by mail, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047; or securely online, https://www.lbda.org/donate. Shelley plans to devote time to educating others on this devastating disease and being an advocate for families who have to endure it.