The Inter-Mountain’s ‘jack of all trades’ retiring

ELKINS – After 15 years of dedicated service, Daris Barb is hanging up his hammer and picking up his fishing pole.

Barb said he applied for a job at The Inter-Mountain in 1998. He landed the position, and he’s served as a maintenance man, newspaper inserter and pressman ever since.

“You might say I’m a jack of all trades,” Barb said with a laugh.

Barb said the hardest job he performs is snow removal.

“It was especially difficult five to six years ago when we had a huge snowstorm,” Barb said.

“The thing I am going to miss the most about working at The Inter-Mountain is the people. I have made lots of good friends working here, and I will miss them.”

Barb said he will also miss having black hands from the ink on the presses and the paper.

Lora Gerlach, Barb’s supervisor, said he will be missed.

“Everyone loves him and working with him,” she said. “He has a way of keeping morale up. He is a hard worker and is fun to be around. He will do anything you ask him to do, and he was always there when you needed him. He will be missed, and he leaves hard shoes to fill.”

Gerlach said Barb’s last day is today.

The press foreman, Dave Ickes, said everyone will miss Barb.

“Daris has been a phenomenal employee for 15 years. He has moved up and added jobs to his many duties while he worked at The Inter-Mountain. There is probably not a light bulb in the building he has not changed.”

Ickes said Barb is wonderful to work with.

“He has never once come to work in a bad mood,” Ickes said. “He has never said a bad word about anyone, and he never complains.”

Ickes said Barb has a motto everyone should use in their lives.

“He says life is too short to be upset,” Ickes said. “He says when you are upset, you are only hurting yourself.”

Heather Goodwin Henline, publisher and general manager of The Inter-Mountain, said she wishes Barb the best in his retirement.

“I want to personally thank Daris on behalf of The Inter-Mountain, our staff and our customers for his many years of dedicated, loyal service,” Henline said. “Daris consistently has gone above and beyond the call of duty during his entire tenure at the paper. He always has done so with a warm smile, an open heart and a kind word for all. We all will miss his laughter and the joy he brings with his presence each day.”

Henline said she wants to wish Barb happy days ahead during his well-earned retirement.

Barb said he looks forward to hunting, fishing and gardening during his retirement.

“I have a pretty good-sized vegetable garden,” Barb said. “I enjoy hunting everything and fishing for trout at Bowden.”