Daniel James Barriger of Unionville, age 46, passed away from complications of a stroke on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw. Dan was born June 5, 1972 in Port Huron and became the adopted son of Russell and Shirley (Wagner) Barriger on August 16, 1972. He moved as an infant to Unionville with the Barriger family and would spend the remainder of his life in this area, graduating with the class of 1990 from the Deford Christian Academy. Dan was united in marriage with the former Nancy Salla on September 10, 1994 in Caro. He was currently employed with Ewald Organic Farms in Unionville and Caro Snow Works as a service technician. Dan was also one of the original employees of Poet Biorefining in Caro and previously worked at Ferrellgas in Caro. He was a lifelong member of the Ellington Church of the Nazarene where he served as a board member and sound technician. Dan will be remembered as a man that could fix virtually anything and enjoyed spending time in the shop fabricating metal. He also had an extensive collection of model trucks, trains and farm equipment. He loved spending time with family, especially his daughter, Rebekah.
Dan is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Barriger of Unionville; daughter, Rebekah Barriger of Unionville; parents, Russell and Shirley Barriger of Unionville; siblings and their spouses: Grace and Mark Splan of Northville, Samuel and Tonia Barriger of Caro, Adam and Melissa Barriger of Washington, Illinois, Faith Barriger of Unionville; sister- and brother-in-law, Debra and Christopher Valentine of North Carolina; mother-in-law, Darla Salla of Gladwin; nieces and nephews: Tyler, Emily and Samantha Barriger, Sean, David, and Noah Splan, Rachel and Megan Barriger, Mike and Stephen Valentine, Kelli and Sarah Fitzpatrick; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Dan was preceded in death by his grandparents; sister-in-law, Dianne Fitzpatrick; and father-in-law, John A. Salla.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Ellington Church of the Nazarene with Revs. David Boulton and Richard Barriger officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at the Ellington Township Cemetery in Caro. The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at 5 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Ellington Church of the Nazarene or the Barriger Family Discretionary Fund. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.

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