Barry Wendell Fish died just as a new day was dawning on June 6, 2022, at his home in Lakeside, Arizona, only two weeks to the day after his wife, Bonnie, died. He was 83 years old. Barry was born on December 7, 1938, in Lakeside, Arizona to his parents, the late Glen M. and Hazel (West) Fish.
Barry grew up in beautiful Lakeside with his two older brothers by his side. When he was 16 years old, he joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska for two of the four years in the military. He then returned home to Lakeside and graduated from Lakeside High School. Barry then married the love of his life Bonnie Penrod. They were happily married for 62 years.
Barry supported his wife and three children by working for Navapache Electric in Lakeside for 41 years. He was lineman and tirelessly worked through the years. He retired in December of 2008.
Barry loved being in the great outdoors. He was an excellent archery hunter. His favorite hunting partners were his two sons. He taught his sons and three grandsons the skills that he was so proficient in. There are many archery trophies hanging in his front room. Barry loved to fish. Some of his favorite fishing trips were to San Carlos to go Crappie fishing. He especially enjoyed taking his daughter and her family fishing and camping at San Carlos Lake. In the later years, he would sit in his living room and tie Jigs for his boys to take fishing. From a young age Barry loved knives. He collected knives and loved to make knife sheaths from leather. He loved to give a knife and leather sheath to his three great-grandsons on special occasions and there were many special occasions. Barry had four great-granddaughters who always made him happy. His eyes would always light up whenever they would walk into the room.
Barry was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a Boy Scout leader for ten years. He loved teaching his grandsons and great-grandsons the Boy Scout skills that he taught many of the the young men of Lakeside throughout the years.
Along with his parents, Barry was preceded in death by his loving wife, Bonnie Penrod Fish, and by his brother, Stephen Gillespie. He is survived by his three children: Rebecca (Chris) Skousen, Grant Fish and Brian Fish; his brothers: Glen Fish, Merwyn Fish, Guy Gillespie and Weston Gillespie; three grandchildren: Michael (Charlotte) Skousen, James (Julianne) Skousen, Paul (Heather) Skousen; and seven great-grandchildren: Christian, Bronson, Easton, Lexi Kaylee, Leah and Kelsea. He loved his family and they rejoice in knowing that "Families Are Forever."
The viewing will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Owens Livingston Mortuary - White Mountain Chapel, 320 N. 9th Street in Show Low, Arizona. The graveside service will begin 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 17, 2022, at the Lakeside Cemetery, where he'll be laid to rest alongside his forever sweetheart, Bonnie.
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