Maurice Barbour, 91, of Petoskey and Ada, Mich., passed away Jan. 28, 2011, in Grand Rapids.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Josephine; their children, Patrick Barbour (Mary Lou Barbour) of Cascade, Mich., and Pamela Barbour (Denis Greenwalt) of Duluth, Minn.; grandchildren, Sarah Kresnak (Chad), Theron, Abigail, Louis, Elizabeth, Julia; great-grandson, Alexander; and two nephews and their families.
He was born in Grand Rapids on Oct. 27, 1919, to Theron W. and Nancy L. Barbour. He was a graduate of Union High School (1938) and attended Grand Rapids Junior College and Western Michigan College, and Detroit College of Law (1949).
He became a certified aircraft metal worker and enlisted in 1942 as a member of the 24th Air Depot Group, 8th Air Force. He served in Manchester, England.
He was married to Josephine A. Delp on Dec. 26, 1946.
Maurice was an attorney in private practice in Coopersville, Mich., from 1950-1951. He then served as an assistant attorney general for 30 years. He was appointed administrative law judge of the 5th Regional District of the United States. He was a member of the Michigan Bar from 1949 to 2010.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids and Bay View Association.
He loved bird watching, gardening, golf and history.
He will be remembered for his outgoing and playful personality and his profound love for his six grandchildren and great-grandson.
Bishop Emerson Colaw will officiate at a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Bay View's Crouse Chapel, with a reception at Evelyn Hall.
Memorial gifts can be given toward benches for the memorial garden area of Bay View.