Richard Barber of Portage, MI passed away on April 22, 2017 at the age of 67, following a struggle with heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Richard was born in Detroit, MI on December 4, 1949 to Edward and Ruth Barber. He was a graduate of Plymouth High School Class of 1968. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1969 to 1973, serving as a Radioman 3rd Class Petty Officer. He was united in marriage with Virginia (Burgie) Barber on March 2, 1974 and they celebrated 43 years of marriage. He attended college at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University. He was employed as a Finance Officer with Kalamazoo County Family Court for 26 years and retired in 2003. He was a life member of the V.F.W., Disabled American Veterans and annual member of the American Legion. He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his three grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife Virginia "Ginnie" Barber; his daughter, Cynthia (Jerry) Dennany; grandchildren, Evelyn, Lazarus and Gabriel; his sisters Dianne Barber, Margaret Carter, Gayle Nelson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Alecia Barber; Friends may visit with the family from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27th at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 28th at 12th St. Baptist Church, 3911 S. 12th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009, officiated by Pastor Thaddeus Stout. Interment will be in Ft. Custer National Cemetery in Augusta at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to 12th St. Baptist Church.