Barry Vincent Toepp
Our blessed friend, Barry Vincent Toepp, returned to the arms of Jesus on Monday, April 14. He was born on Oct. 10, 1940 in Eureka, California to Robert and Bernice Toepp.
Barry graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1958 and served with the National Guard until 1968 when he received an honorable discharge. He then attended two years of college, intending to become a police officer.
However, drawing and singing became a big part of Barry's life, and during this time, he enjoyed creating music with friends. After forming a singing group, The Romantics, their hard work and love of music caught the attention of an executive at Capital Records, which resulted in a signed contract.
Barry married his love and life partner, Marcia Brown, on June 23, 1973 in Carson City, Nevada. Over 40 years of adventures followed. Together, they worshiped God and raised their family.
The couple spent over a decade in Montana, and when the nest emptied, they headed south, spending several years in Colorado before settling in Bandera.
Paramount in Barry's life was the Ridin' the River Cowboy Church and involvement in his community. Barry and Marcia became well known on the streets of Bandera where they - along with their "wooden friends," Gino "R" Tree and Carrie Oakie - touched the lives of countless people through the Cowboys On Main program.
Working with the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Barry and Marcia helped inaugurate the "Bandera On The Road Program." Promoting Bandera's tourism, they visited towns throughout Texas, including stock shows in San Antonio and Houston. In 2008, the couple received the Bandera County Capital Award.
Barry had the ability to make people smile and laugh. Drawing, line dancing and card games with friends were favorite pastimes. A cup of coffee and a Yahtzee challenge with Marcia started each day. He then spent his time spreading joy to all who encountered him. His Barry-isms, jokes, love and hugs will be remembered and missed by all.
Barry is survived by "the wife of his life," Marcia; daughter Shirley and her husband, Jon, of Hemet, California; sons, Barry and his wife, Stephanie, of Seattle, Washington, and Jon and his wife, Rachel, of Billings, Montana; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and countless other loved ones.
Barry was predeceased by his parents and older brother, Bob.
Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimefuneralchapels.com. Condolences may also be mailed to Grimes Funeral Chapels, PO Box 535, Bandera 78003.