Robert “Kim” Barringer, age 70, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – the day the world lost one of the good ones. Kim was born in Kalamazoo to Bob and Jean Barringer, the eldest of three children. After graduating and earning a master’s degree in special education from Western Michigan University, Kim went on to teach special needs children in White Cloud. He later taught in Sparta Schools retiring after teaching for 35 years. As a young adult, Kim spent time traveling through Europe and back-packing through the Western United States. Adventure was always part of Kim’s life. In 1982, Kim met his soulmate, Maureen Shada. He knew the first time he met Maureen that he was going to marry her – and that he did in 1984. Kim loved to hike and enjoyed many other outdoor activities such as downhill skiing, golf and riding his beloved Harley-Davidson. Kim made friends wherever he went and had a heart that was so loving and kind, especially to those in need. For years, Kim volunteered for Special Olympics and was a coach for downhill adult skiers. After Kim retired from Sparta Schools, he volunteered at Hope Network. Kim and Maureen enjoyed spending winters in Green Valley, Arizona and cherished the friends and memories made during those years. Kim was known for raising incredible Bonsai trees and his lovely blooming gardens as well as creating stained glass masterpieces. Kim is now golfing in heaven with his dad, Bob, and chauffeuring his mother-in-law, Grayce Shada, on vacations in heaven. Kim is survived by his wife and love, Maureen; and son Jason. He is also survived by his mother, Jean; sisters, Kristi (Denny) LeFleur and Kairi (Rob) Hokenmaier; sisters-in-law, Sharon Murphy and Mary Jo (Dean) Towns; brother-in-law, Rocky (Mary Lou) Shada; nieces, Mikelyn and Ali Hokenmaier and Deanna Becker; nephews, Matt and Mike LaFleur; and his best four-legged friend, Festus. Kim will be missed by the many, many friends whom he cherished. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, January 27 at 12:30 PM at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids with visitation one hour prior to the service. Deacon Jerry Roersma officiating. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Kim’s memory may be made to Special Olympics Area-11, 1239 76th St SW, Suite E, Byron Center, MI 49315.