Trinity Cathedral Honors the Memory of Father George Barger
The Rev. Dr. George W. Barger was remembered on Sunday, June 1st with the presentation by his family of a new casket funeral pall. Father Barger came to Trinity in 1979 first as Assistant, then serving as Interim Dean, and later was given the title Canon.
George W. Barger, Jr., who family members called “Billy,” was born in 1923 in Missouri. He served in Army Air Corps during WWII, flying with the Eighth Air Force in a B-24 as a bombardier, stationed in England. He flew 33 missions. After the war, he became a Disciples of Christ pastor, serving for 18 years. He received his PhD and retired from the ministry to teach. He later became an Episcopal priest and taught Sociology at UNO while assisting at both All Saints and Trinity Cathedral. He died in 2012.
The quintessential Renaissance Man, George had a wealth of knowledge in music, literature, poetry, languages, theology, etc. He once said he could never really be happy because there were just too many things he wanted to do and he knew he couldn’t do them all, or do them all well.
George and his wife, Helen, who was a longtime nurse at Clarkson Hospital, were married for 68 years and had four children. Their daughters, Beth and Marja, were in attendance at reception which featured the display of the new pall, photos and memorabilia from his great life and ministry.
– Judy Metz