Born in Ashe County on Oct. 21, 1928, he was the son of Fred and Hallie Bare. He is survived by his wife, Edith; his children, Steve Roggenkamp (Karen), Bill Roggenkamp (Sharon), Jennie Boyd (Doug); six grandchildren; and a sister, Iva Bare Jones Whittle, Columbia, SC.
John served as pastor at the Presbyterian churches of Bardstown, Pleasant Grove, Perryville, Grayson, and others in Kentucky. The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary honored him as a distinguished alum in 2008. He also owned and operated a large farm in Nelson County, KY for many years.
He donated his body to the University of Louisville Medical School. His ashes will be interred at Big Ridge Cemetery on Bare Creek Road in Ashe County on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Visitation will follow the service.