Joseph Barry Holmgreen
September 26, 1955 – May 8, 2018
Joseph “Barry” Holmgreen was born on September 26, 1955 to Joe and Sarah Wilkerson Holmgreen in Bryan Texas, he died after a long illness at his home on May 8, 2018.
He lived in College Station most of his life, and attended A&M Consolidated Schools.
After school, he went to work. He worked as a mechanic at Gallery Datsun, Brazos Tire Service, and Tiller Corporation. He also worked in the oil field for several years. Barry then went into business for himself by co-owning Universal Truck and Tractor Service with Chuck Gilmore.
He later started his own shop under the name of Barry Holmgreen Performance, where he worked on and owned several race cars. Barry did not drive the racecars he built, because he knew others who could do it better, and he wanted to share the fun.
Barry was very creative. He could take a box of “junk” and make something amazingly useful out of it. He was always re-using or re-purposing items. If he saw a need, he tried to fill it. Sometimes, it was a need the recipient did not even realize he needed.
He followed his passion of riding motorcycles, starting at a young age by riding Motocross for several years until he was sidelined by an injury. He continued to ride motorcycles until other hobbies took the forefront.
Barry loved shooting. He joined several shooting groups in the Brazos Valley including Brazos Valley Practical Shooters, and the Brazosland Pistoleros. He also shot competitively for several years. Even though he no longer shot in contests, he continued to shoot as long as he was able. He made several lifelong friends from his time at the range.
Barry had a big personality! One of his best assets was his heart. If he loved you, he loved you forever! He would do anything for a friend, or for family. Barry would give you the shirt off of his back and offer you his pants if he thought you needed them. He never stood on ceremony. He would always do the right thing, and sometimes it would have a twist that no one expected.
He was predeceased by his parents, and oldest brother David. He is survived and will be missed by his brother and sister, John and Liz, and her husband Steve, and sister-in-law Donna. He is also survived by several cousins, a niece, Rachel, and nephew, Allan and many friends whom he considered family.
A graveside service will be held at the family plot in Bryan City Cemetery, on Saturday May 12, 2018 at 10 AM.
Memorial contributions to any Veterans organization, the Brazos Valley Food Bank, or a charity of your choice are requested in lieu of flowers.
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