Beaumont Man, Born in Town in 1922, Dies at 91

The longtime community member is survived by his wife, siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

James Peter Barrett passed away March 26, 2014.
James Peter Barrett passed away March 26, 2014.
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James Peter Barrett of Beaumont, Calif. died Wednesday morning, March 26, following a stroke. He was 91.

A public funeral was held Tuesday, April 1 at the Beaumont First Baptist Church, 901 Euclid Avenue, where he was a member of long standing. A 10 a.m. viewing was  followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service.

James was born in Beaumont on Oct. 18, 1922 to parents Charles Louis and Anna Barbara Barrett. He was the oldest of seven children.

After graduating from Beaumont High School, he served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Pacific theater during World War II.

Following the war, James trained to become an engineer in the field of aerospace. His work included designing parts for some of the country's first spacecraft.

He loved gardening and reading. Some of his favorite subjects of study included science, history and Christianity.

His wife of over 30 years, Peggy Barrett, remembers him as a happy man who enjoyed life.

He was preceded in death by brother Wade Barrett.

He is survived by his wife Peggy Barrett; his brothers Fred Barrett, Jack Barrett and Charles Barrett; his sisters Margaret Goodrich and Barbara Gordon; his step-daughters Sharon Southworth, Cheryl Naujock and Jayne Schelden; his grandchildren Andrea Edwards, Mindy Knust, Patrice Knust, Peter Schelden, Erik Naujock, Forrest Naujock and Luke Schelden; and his great-grandchildren Adam Knust, Jake Knust, Derek Edwards, Ricky Foringer, Kira Knust, Colin Knust, Saul Naujock and Aurora Schelden.

Rob Turmer April 02, 2014 at 03:20 PM
My sympathies. My son went to school with Forrest, and the family was always very nice.


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