James Barry Isom

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James Barry Isom June 8, 1961-January 21, 2014 James Barry Isom was born in Las Cruces New Mexico in 1961. Barry spent his childhood in the California coastal towns of Lompoc, Morro Bay and Cambria and has lived in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, North Carolina, Arizona and Iowa. Barry started as a carpenter, worked in construction for 34 years and was a Superintendent for the last 15 years. He worked on such landmark projects as the Denver International Airport, Coors Field in Denver and the Cedar Rapids Iowa Convention Center. Barry was a strong and smart leader who planned well and understood people. He was tough, but compassionate. He always stopped to consider what others were feeling and often went out of his way to give to friends and family. Family was one of Barry's highest priorities. Barry was a good man. He had a good heart. Barry met and married Kellie Druckemiller, the love of his life, in 1997 and they were lucky enough to have 16 wonderful years together. They built a life like Barry had never known before. They loved to travel and eat out, watch football, kid each other, laugh and enjoy life. Barry loved football and was a true Broncos fan. He loved to golf and could knock the ball a country mile. He was a master on the grill and loved cooking for friends and family. Nobody went hungry when Barry was cooking. He loved to laugh and tell stories. He'd act goofy just to make you laugh. If somebody around him was down he'd make it his mission to get them happy again. He was loved and his loss is hard. He leaves a large, empty place in our hearts. Barry is preceded in death by his brother Mark and his beloved grandparents, Jim and Selma McMullen. Barry is survived by his wife Kellie and her children, Hollie Abrahams and Stephanie Dorr; his children, Kari, Jimmy and Kayla; nine grandchildren; his brother Micheal, his sister Tami; his father Jim Isom and mother Rebecca Buckley. A Celebration of Barry's life will be held at Rice Mortuary- 5310 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503 on Tuesday, January 28th at 2:00 pm.

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  1. I appreciate this opportunity to share our sincere sorrow at the loss of this wonderful man…..a true “hale fellow – well met”! He shall be missed.

  2. We are shocked and saddened by the news of Barry’s passing. The video you prepared is outstanding. I’m so glad you are having a Celebration of Life for him. It certainly was a life worth celebrating and he can be very proud of the life he led. It may have been much too short, but it certainly was full. Full of Life, Love, Family, Friends, Pets, Adventure and Work that he could be proud of. He certainly left his legacy. Now he continues to watch over everyone as a guardian angel. We’re glad we were able to share a snapshot in his life.

  3. My daughters made a beautiful, loving video tribute to their dad. Thank you Hollie and Stephanie. I love you.
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  4. Uncle Barry was a true definition of a family man. He worked hard to provide for his family and enjoyed it at the same time. He was always a happy person and knew how to make you laugh and smile no matter day or night sad or angry. He was an amazing Husband, Son, Best Friend, Uncle and Grandfather. He would do anything for any body! I am heartbroken that he has been taken to soon at such a young age. My heart is heavy for my Aunt Kellie, Uncle Barry was her Husband, Soul Mate, but most importantly Her Best Friend. He will be FOREVER missed and ALWAYS in our hearts. May you rest in heaven Uncle Barry and fly with the Angels. I love you and will see you one day. Your niece Britne. Go Broncos!

  5. Kellie, please accept my sincere condolences. I enjoyed working with Barry in Cedar Rapids and he will be truly missed. Please know you and your family are in my prayers at this difficult time.

  6. Kellie, this video is outstanding and I am so happy to be able to share in Barry’s celebration of life memorial as I will be unable to be there tomorrow in person. Thank you so much for posting this video. And to Barry: “May you rest in perfect peace. You will be sorely missed by your family.” God bless them all.

  7. Barry was one of a kind! Always there to lend a helping hand. Loved his Family, Friends and Football! Can’t forget a little Nascar too!! He was loved by all and will be truly missed! I will miss him so very much! We now have another very special Angel watching over us all!

    I love you


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