In Memory

Barbara Klassen


Barbara Lee Klassen (1950 - 2015)



Barbara Lee Klassen, born Oct. 10, 1950, in Newton, Kan., entered into rest on Feb. 1, 2015, in Denver.  

Barbara is survived by her husband, Joe Speth of Silver Plume; her sister, Kathleen Brown (Michael), and a nephew, David Brown, both of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and a niece, Laura Brown, and a great-niece, Emma Wolfe, both of Wichita, Kansas.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Daniel S. Klassen and Victoria Klassen of Newton, Kan.

Barbara graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in English. She did graduate work in library science with Emporia State University.


Following graduation, she worked as a children's librarian at the Topeka Public Library. She moved to Colorado and got a job with the Bureau of Land Management library at the Federal Center in Lakewood. She eventually became lead librarian for the library, and her career there spanned more than 30 years. She truly loved the BLM library and her work there. She continued to work until her death. 


Barbara's hobbies included gardening, reading, jewelry beadwork, and anything to do with books and literature.


A memorial service will be held sometime this summer (2015) in Silver Plume.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to People for Silver Plume Inc., P.O. Box 935, Silver Plume, CO 80476. 


Published in Clear Creek Courant from Feb. 11 to Feb. 17, 2015

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03/12/16 12:16 AM #1    

Kate Edwards

I was very sad to hear of Barb's passing.  She was a gentle, quiet person, but we got to know each other in high school.  Barb was one of the "missing" classmates, whom I wondered about when I found the Class of 68 website.  Rest in peace Barb.  I'm sure they have a fantastic library where you are.


03/12/16 09:14 AM #2    

Diane Baker (Cain)

I was also sorry the hear about Barbara's passing.  So sad to hear about the loss of another one of our dear classmates.

03/12/16 02:20 PM #3    

Carol Little (Blake)

Barb was kind of quiet but had a great sense of humor, and I wasn't surprised to learn of her love of books and libraries! The little town in Colorado where she lived, Silver Plume, is such a quaint and unusual place, it was probably just to her liking! Rest in peace Barb, I'm happy that your profession brought you so much joy.

03/13/16 03:21 PM #4    

Brenda Drake (Anderson)

So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing.  So sad to loose two classmates so close together. Big losses.

03/14/16 12:12 AM #5    

Maureen Koehn (Fast)

I remember Barb from Chisholm as sweet, funny, and quiet.  One memory that keeps coming to mind about Barb is in Miss Jones' Home Ec and Barb was in my cooking group.  We were hungry as we baked, and somehow some of the coconut ended up in our mouths.  That was just fine until I turned and and saw Miss J. coming our way.  I quickly told Barb, "Here she comes!"  As Miss Jones walked over, we both quickly faced the wall/counter and sink with some of the coconut hanging out of our mouths as we mumbled an answer to her question. We were so scared with her feelers always out, she would just know we were gobbling the ingredients. When she walked away, I think I split a gut we laughed so hard.  May she be at peace.


03/14/16 10:55 AM #6    

Arlys Kessler (Nilles)

Carol, thanks for sharing the news about Barb Klassen. We were good friends at NHS, & I saw her once in Denver in 1979 & lost touch after that.  Whenever I went to our class website, I always checked to see if she had added a profile. I will always remember her great sense of humor!!!

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