Barry Sonsthagen, 65, beloved husband, brother and friend, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Aurora, Colorado after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Sharon, of 39 years, his brothers, David, Jeff, Brian (Theresa), and sister Wendy (Kevin) Miller. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Todd. Barry was born in Fargo, North Dakota to Bernie and Marilyn (Barko) Sonsthagen, and graduated from high school there. In his early 20s, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Barry was fortunate to be stationed in Germany, and it was an experience he really enjoyed. Upon his return to Fargo, he attended college at NDSU. Then he began working with his father in the family's RV business, which was the start of his life long career in recreational vehicle sales in ND and CO. He met his wife Sharon in 1976 when he forgot his keys and locked himself out of his apartment. Neighbor Sharon happened to walk by, and offered her kitchen chair to help him crawl into his window. Those of you that know Barry well, realize this type of thing happened occasionally……not meeting women this way, but forgetting his keys! They were married January 13, 1978 in Dickinson, ND. In 1986, Barry and Sharon moved to Colorado, one of their favorite places to hike. For hobbies, Barry especially enjoyed tinkering with anything mechanical, especially sports cars. He also loved biking, skiing, wine, and having friends evaluate his latest ale find. Besides Germany, Barry traveled with Sharon to Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, through-out the U.S., and had a special love for Hawaii. Barry will be so greatly missed by his wife, family, and friends. Please share memories and condolences of Barry on the guest book below.

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  1. From the time I First Met Barry, working W/ Him in Wheatridge,Co.
    Up to helping him out at Ross Recreational Sales, He proofed to be one of the most genuine & straightforward people I ever meet, Have a Speedy trip My Friend, For some reason I know You are already There.

  2. I was blessed to meet Barry through my good friend Sharon and will always remember his ‘boyish grin’ and adventurous soul. I have a great memory of cross country skiing around the golf course with Sharon & Barry : ). Barry will be deeply missed! Love and hugs to you Sharon.

  3. Barry was a friend to all. A giant of a man, regardless of his size, except his head, LOL. He would do anything for you, and help you in any way he could. A gentle giant. I can still hear him say ‘no problem….’ ‘not to worry….’ He is the one that encouraged me to retire early, and enjoy life. I tried to do the same to him ‘when are you going to retire?’ and he told me what I told him for several years, ‘maybe next year’ We will all miss him dearly. Rest in peace Barry, and our condolence to you Sharon.

  4. I know I’m late to find this out. But He had such an impact on my life. I was a young kid barely 17 and he offered me my first job. I admired him and he thought I had a good head on my shoulders. If not for everything he taught me from installing flat screen TVs and carpet and antique cars. I would not be the man I am today. He was a great man with a big heart and saw the best in me even when I didn’t see it. So even if I didn’t get to say thank you to him. There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by a haven’t been greatful for all he did for me.

  5. Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss. you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Barry was a terrific guy and will be missed by all who knew him, hugs and prayers to you, love Darla

  6. I met Barry and Sharon when Sharon and I were attending NDSU, Fargo, and became what Sharon calls ‘alley neighbors’ – I rented a place across the alley from their home. We became great friends (I think because they loved my cat Missy and she was a frequent visitor to their garage where Barry often was found tinkering with another of his beloved cars!!) Barry had great passion for just about everything that he decided to take an interest in. His energy astounded those of us who spent time with him. From pounding headlong down the back bowls of Vail, to buying and sharing $100 bottles of wine with any one who dared, Barry was a life force with a zest for adventure. His curiosity, intensity and infectious grin will always be a part of my memories of this wonderful friend. Thank you, Barry, for sharing your too brief life with all of us.
    Sharon, I hope you know that I’ve always cherished our friendship, long distance and all, and I want you to know that a hug is just a phone call away.
    PS Mark sends his condolences as well, Sharon, and wants you to know he, too, has some great memories to fall back on!

  7. Today, March 30th, I don’t know why, maybe karma, but I began to wonder about the Sonsthagens. Well, my shock was to find the news of Barry’s passing. Sharon, we are so very sorry for your loss. In all conversations I’ve had with you, I could tell he was your heart.
    Aloha Barry

  8. We have many memories of adventures and fun times with Barry and Sharon. Rick went to high school with Barry, they enjoyed talking about and fixing cars. They cruised Broadway together in Fargo as teenagers. I met Barry after he came home from Germany. We traveled to Cancun, Lake Havasu, San Francisco, and Hawaii with Barry and Sharon. In our younger years, we went camping or to the lake. Barry was always ready to take on any experience. Barry will be greatly missed. Sharon you are in our prayers.

  9. I was blessed to work with Barry at RV America for several years. He immediately became a source of RV knowledge for me and a close friend. We shared our common interest in micro brews and English ales. I enjoyed our stops at a local brew pub for a quick beer & conversation on the way home from work! Barry really made my day at work enjoyable. I will miss you much my friend.

  10. Sharon! Sorry of your loss, Barry was a very nice guy,
    he will be greatly missed. You are in our thought’s and prayers.
    Love aunt Eleanor & Cliff Walter

  11. We have so many wonderful memories of Barry over the years. A friendship that grew from being neighbors across the hall to actually working for Barry. He is so greatly missed that words cannot describe the hole in my heart. Sweet farewelll my friend. There are no words to describe your loss Sharon–I’m always just a call away. Love you

  12. My condolences to the Sonsthagen family. I regret not being able to attend the funeral in person to spend time with the family. Gary Barko

  13. Dear Sharon,
    I’ve been thinking about you. I been feeling bad for your loss and yet know there are few words of comfort I can give. I know that Barry was a great guy and that the two of you had a special relationship and that even 39 years together, is not nearly enough. If at any time you want to visit, just get in touch.
    Peace and Love,

  14. I met Barry at the beginning of my RV career. He taught me so much about the business. He was a great friend and always there when I needed a shoulder and helped me through some tough times.
    Sharon, his love and devotion to you was as great as yours to him. So sorry for your loss.

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