Raúl F. Barbará, 77, remembered for his signature smile and positive attitude

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Raúl F. Barbará
Raúl F. Barbará

On March 17, 2017, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Raúl F. Barbará, 77, passed away peacefully with his loving wife at his side. Raúl was born Jan 3, 1940, in Mexico City. He came to the U.S. in 1943 with his parents, Raúl and Ana Barbará.

His father enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force. Raúl graduated from the University of Arizona with a law degree and would proudly follow his father’s path and serve in the U.S. Air Force as an officer for 29 years working as an attorney (JAG).

After retiring, he served as a civilian lawyer working in litigation for 11 years for the DOD.

Raúl is survived by his wife of 53 Years, Marylou, and their four children, Ana Lisa Penater, and her spouse, Brian, Maria Slahor, and her spouse, Jeff, Maggie Burnett, and her spouse, U.S. Army Lt. Col. William Burnett, and Raúl Barbará Jr., and his spouse, Flora. Raúl and Marylou were blessed with eight grandchildren, Eva, Alexis, Christian, Nick, Luke, Layne, Diego and Ivan. He is survived by his siblings, Maya Bloch, Gabby Sorensen and John, and their families. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jorge Bombel, and his wife, Kathy.

Raul was a loving husband and father who demonstrated his kindness by working hard and encouraging the same of everyone around him. He is remembered for his signature smile and positive attitude, which he never lost.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, March 25, at Saint Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg. Burial will take place in Arlington Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, or the National Military Family Association.