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Barry Lynn Fuess

Barry Lynn Fuess

Barry Lynn Fuess passed away on Saturday January 3 rd at the Idaho State Veteran’s Home after a long illness.

Barry was born July 7, 1940 in Booneville, New York to Ronald and Eleanor Fuess. He was the oldest of three boys.  He lived in many towns including Otego, NY, Mohawk, NY, Oneonta, NY, and Madison, NY before settling in Pulaski, NY in 1948

Barry started school in the 3 rd grade at Pulaski Academy and Central School graduating in 1958 with a New York State Regency Diploma. Barry’s average grades weren’t reflective of his above average intelligence.  Likewise, his personality was always popular.

In High School Barry Participated in music, senior play, and prize speaking, winning the Oswego County prize speaking contest with an Andy Griffin talk titled “What it was, was football”, and playing the lead in the senior play. His character was a bowler hat wearing, loud mouth detective with a huge pistol. He loved music and playing his guitar.  Whenever there were a group of his friends gathered everyone always asked Barry to play his guitar and sing.

From the late 1950’s through the early 1960’s Barry and his younger brother Louis performed musical comedy routine.  Fashioned after the Smother’s Brothers, Barry played the straight man while Louis was comic relief.  They also played in a band performing at bars, taverns and dance halls around Oswego County.  Barry was an accomplished musician and guitar player who loved entertaining and making people laugh.

Barry worked at the ACME Supermarket, where he had a promising career.  He was working as a Produce Manager when he was drafted into the US Army and served in Vietnam in the Signal Corps.  He rose to the rank of Specialist 4 th Class before being honorably discharged.  While in Vietnam, Barry and his brothers wrote home often.  Many of his letters were published in his hometown newspaper, the Pulaski Democrat.  Like many young men who served in Vietnam, the war changed him.  Barry’s life was forever altered by the things he saw there.

Barry joined his brother Louis in Idaho in the late 1960’s.  Not long after that his brother Phillip followed him to Boise, and within a few years his parents moved to Idaho as well.

Barry married Phyllis Houghton in 1968.  A son, Brian was born in 1972.  Phyllis and Barry later divorced.

Barry worked construction, building many homes in the Treasure Valley.  Later he became a long haul truck driver, with a route that went from Idaho to the east coast including Florida, and New York and back again.  He stopped often in Idaho Falls to see Brian on his trips.  He retired at age 62.

In retirement Barry discovered a love of baking Oatmeal cookies, spending time with his great niece and nephew, and driving around in his beloved ’56 Chevy.  He was an avid cubs fan, a skilled model builder, and a formidable opponent at cards.

Barry was preceded in death by his brother Phillip, and his parents Ron and Eleanor.  He is survived by his son Brian, his brother Louis and sister in law Karen, and several nieces and nephews.

Please join us is celebrating Barry’s life Saturday 10AM at Alden Waggoner funeral home in Boise.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Alano club in Boise.
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