Robert Kim Barringer

12/13/1948   —   01/15/2019

Memorial Contributions to:

Special Olympics Area-11

1239 76th St SW, Suite E

Byron Center, MI 49315

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  • Ann M Hahn

    I am so sorry. Kim would come to the library at the Middle School to work and we would chat about skiing. I remember he was so patient with his students. A lovely man….
    Ann Hahn
    Sparta High School

  • Rick & Debbie Meindertsma

    Maureen & Family,
    Greetings and condolences from Florida. Debbie and I were saddened to hear through MaryCay of Kim’s passing. He was quite an interesting individual.

    We first met Kim in 1982 while he and I worked in nearby school districts in Newaygo County. We were all attending a payday happy hour at Cooper’s Inn. Kim strolled in with his huge afro, sat down and began telling humorous stories about his recent transgressions. Our favorite was about self-medicating a recent bout of terrible heartburn. Seeking a home remedy, he recalled that baking soda could relieve his pain. In mixing the concoction, however, he measured in tablespoons rather than teaspoons with agonizing results. He was quite the raconteur.

    We crossed paths again in 1989 when I was hired into Sparta Schools. During my lunch time wanderings, I was often invited into his class to visit and interact with his students. Kim had very clear expectations for classroom behavior. During one of my visits, a sweet young boy named Michael wasn’t quite meeting these requirements. After the second redirection, Michael sheepishly smiled at me. I quietly asked him if he enjoyed pushing Mr. Barringer’s buttons. He looked me in the eye, smiled and said, “It’s nice to know he cares about me.” What a powerful tribute.

    He will be missed! We send our thoughts and prayers to ya’ll.

    Rick & Debbie

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