James Barr, Vietnam veteran who later worked as a plant foreman, died June 15

July 2, 2013

James E. Barr, a Vietnam veteran who later worked as a plant foreman for Security Fence Manufacturing and Supply in Bladensburg, died June 15 at his home in Glenn Dale. He was 63.

The cause of death was coronary heart disease, said his wife, Linda Barr.

Mr. Barr was a plant foreman at Security Fence Manufacturing and Supply from 1973 to 2007. He then held various jobs in the Washington area, including maintenance management at the Washington Woodworking Co., before retiring in 2012.

James Edward Barr was born in San Antonio. He served in the Army from 1968 until 1973, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was an expert marksman, and his military decorations included the Bronze Star Medal.

In the late 1980s, he founded the nonprofit military-family support group Vietnam Veterans of Berwyn Heights, which is now defunct.

His first marriage, to Anna DalBello, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Linda Short Barr of Glenn Dale; three children from his first marriage, Albert Barr of Laurel, Dina Patterson of Hanover, in Anne Arundel County, and Phillip Barr of College Park; two stepchildren, Jennifer Bonilla of Culpeper, Va., and Brian Johnson of Glenn Dale; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough