OBITUARY: Richard Anthony ‘Tony’ Bare


Richard Anthony “Tony” Bare passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022, he was 51 years old.

Tony was born in Johnson City TN to Fay Selby Bare and Jack Bare.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Dover Air Force Base. He was assigned to the 436 Aircraft Generation Squadron. He proudly maintained C-5 A/B aircraft in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Provide Comfort/Northern Watch, Operation Deny Flight, along with many humanitarian support missions. He received an Honorable Discharge as Senior Airman E4.

He worked 29 years on the railroad as a conductor, engineer, and locomotive machinist. He most recently worked at CSX (23 years) previously Burlington Northern/Santa Fe, and Nashville & Eastern. Tony enjoyed being with his family, attending the children’s sporting events, hunting, and fishing.

Tony is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kristen Heath Bare; sons: Mitchell Bare and Evan Bare; mother: Fay Stewart; siblings: Jack (Erika) Bare, Angell (Johan) Stodberg, Josh (Dana) Bare, and Teddi Bare; nieces and nephews: Hannah Bare, Tyler Bare, Lauren Decker, Aina Stodberg, Ella Stodberg, Turner Heath, and Chaney Heath; mother-in-law: Margo Heath; brother-in-law: Daniel (Ashlie) Heath; and life-long friend: Gilliam (Kim) Vastola.

He is preceded in death by daughter Allison Elaine Bare, father Jack T. Bare, step-father Mack Stewart, and father-in-law Tim Heath.

The Funeral Service, conducted by Pastor Todd Elliott and Reverend Gary Wilson, is 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2022 in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN. Interment in Wilson County Memorial will follow the service.

Pallbearers: Jack Bare, Johan Stodberg, Daniel Heath, Gilliam Vastola, Darren Grisham, Brad Vantrease, Tyler Bare, and Turner Heath. The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 12 p.m. until the service at 1 p.m.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon TN, 615.444.9393.


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