Sep 10, 2012 7:37 PM by Lacey Steele

John Barger remembered fondly at a memorial service in Pueblo

A beautiful memorial ceremony in the perfect place for retired Pueblo Police Captain John Barger.

Barger, 64, was a retired cop and avid pilot who passed away August 31 in a plane crash that also took the life of Sheriff's Captain Leide Defusco.

Today friends and family joined together at the Aircraft Museum to remember Barger's life, work ethic, big heart, and humor.

"May we always remember John and keep his memory alive in our hearts," prayed retired Pueblo Police Chief Jim Billings. "We pray for the comfort of your Holy Spirit to embrace us."

"Remember John's generosity," said Charlene Graham, Bureau Chief of Law Enforcement. "I could always count on John to donate a plane ride over the sand dunes for the silent auction of the Boys and Girls Club every year."

"John Barger's job was to take control of the gun," said a friend and fellow cop of Barger's as he shared a humorous memory. "Swung her around, and at that very moment her left leg came off and went flying across the room. Got the gun, and we didn't know that she had a prosthetic leg. After it was all over, we were walking out of the trailer, successful mission, John looked at me with that big grin and said, 'Well brother, that's something you don't see everyday.'"

"John made a wonderful transition from retiring to flying," said Cliff Hoyle, a fellow pilot. "He just stepped out of his uniform and stepped into a hangar, and instantly was in love with what he was doing."

"As I said when I started, John Barger is my friend, and I'm thankful for that, but to know I was John Barger's friend, makes me proud," said Captain Richard Goddard, Pueblo Police.

"I'm going to miss John," said Detective Linda Galassini, Pueblo Police. "I'm going to miss all the great memories, all the great friendships that we shared. God bless you, John."

The ceremony ended with Masonic Rites, since Barger was a Mason, and also the playing of taps.

In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS for Life through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors in Pueblo.



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