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JOHN NICHOLS BARLEY

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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John Nichols Barley, 90, of Bedford, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.

"Nick" was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Mildred, Kan., to John William Barley and Hallie Nichols Barley.

He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Budd Barley in Chanute, Kan., on Dec. 27, 1944.

Col. Barley flew many combat missions in the South Pacific during World War II, taught ROTC at the University of Kansas, was a hurricane hunter stationed in Bermuda, earned the status of command pilot, and retired in 1971 as director of information for 2nd Air Force.

Col. Barley is survived by children, Mary Lee Graham and husband, John, of Manhattan, Kan.; Stephen W. Barley and wife, Shaun, of Southlake; and Elizabeth Ann May and husband, Tad, of Houston; grandchildren, Jeff Graham, Patrick Barley, Nichols Graham, Ashley Barley Cunningham, Collin May and Lex May; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Barley; and sisters, Betty Horn and Grace Barley.

Burial with full military will be held 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 in the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kan. Father Darrin May of Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church will conduct the graveside service. Military Honors conducted at the cemetery by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Detail.

Should friends desire, memorials may be directed to the SPCA of Dallas, Texas or St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

Services are under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701.