• Funeral services announced for KFOR sports director


    Quick facts:

    • Bob Barry Jr. died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash.
    • He was Oklahoma City's KFOR Sports Director and weeknight sports anchor.
    • He had been with the station since 1982.
    • Driver of car involved in crash arrested for manslaughter

    Bob Barry Jr. from Oklahoma City's KFOR died Saturday.

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    KFOR reported Barry died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle accident on North May near Quail Springs Parkway not far from his home. According to KFOR, Bob Barry Jr. was driving his motorized scooter southbound in the left lane when a driver in the lane to the right of him made an illegal u-turn, causing Barry to crash into the driver's side of the car.

    Gustavo Gutierrez-Castillo, the other driver involved in the fatal crash, was arrested for manslaughter and driving without a license. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out and then to jail, where officers found a small amount of cocaine on him.

    If police find he had cocaine in his system at the time of the incident, Gutierrez-Castillo could face negligent manslaughter charges.

    Bob Barry Jr's KFOR Bio can be found here.

    Barry worked as the station's Sports Director and weeknight sports anchor. Before that he worked at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls Texas. He began his career in Oklahoma City in 1980 with KAUT-TV.

    Bob Barry Jr. also hosted a talk radio show "Sports Morning" on Oklahoma City's WWLS-AM/FM. He was voted "Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year" six times and awarded the "Executive Council Service Award" by the Jim Thorpe Association. He is survived by his wife Gina and four children.

    Read KFOR's coverage of Bob Barry Jr's death here.

    FOX23 Sports Director Nathan Thompson shared his thoughts about Barry.

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    Oklahoma sports figures reacted to Barry's death. 

    "The Thunder is saddened to hear of the death of Bob Barry Jr. For decades Bob covered sports with integrity, dedication and passion. We send our thoughts and prayers to the Barry family, his TV and radio colleagues, and all who knew and loved him. Oklahoma sports broadcasting has lost one of its finest," said Oklahoma City Thunder Chairman Clayton I. Bennett.

    Oklahoma State University football coach Mike Gundy also remembered the sportscaster fondly.

    “Growing up in Midwest City, I’ve known Bob Barry, Jr., for the last 30 years and it saddens me greatly to hear of his passing. Not only was he outstanding at his profession, but he was a genuinely caring man whose demeanor and personality had a positive impact on everyone around him. BBJ was an institution in our state and he will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family and to his loved ones as we join them in mourning the loss of a great man and a great Oklahoman,” Gundy said.

    The University of Oklahoma's head football coach Bob Stoops was among the many remembering Bob Barry Jr.

    "I am extremely saddened to hear of Bob's passing, and I know everyone connected with our program shares those sentiments. He was a one of the most respected and recognized sportscasters in our state, and a beloved friend to many. Our work will never be the same without him. We send our most heartfelt condolences to his family," he said.

    The family says the service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City and is open to the public. 

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