Eugene I. Barnes

February 27, 1927 - October 24, 2012

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Service: Saturday, October 24, 2012 - 4 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel

Calling: Saturday, October 24, 2012 - 2-4 p.m. in the funeral home

Eugene I. Barnes, 85, of Wolcottville died Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 12:50 p.m. in his residence.

He moved to this area over 20 years ago from Sturgis, Michigan.

Mr. Barnes was a self-employed brick mason. He retired after 25 years with Inland Steel in East Chicago, Indiana. He was an occupational missionary through the Wesleyan Church in Sturgis, Michigan, serving in Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Africa.

He was a member of the Wolcottville United Methodist Church and Bricklayers Local 6 in Merrillville.

He was born February 27, 1927, in Sturgis, Michigan, to Willis and Opal (Gruball) Barnes. On May 24, 1951, in Valentine he married Barbara Lou Honaker. She survives in Wolcottville.

Also surviving are a daughter, Jerri Smith of Fort Wayne; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kim and Diane Barnes of Albion and Steven R. Barnes of Colon, Michigan; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a sister, Marion Fleming of Quincy, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robin Barnes and a brother, Leon Barnes.

Funeral services will be Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 4 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville with Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Calling is Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the funeral home.

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Cheryl D.
November 3rd, 2012 1:37am

My sympathy to the family at this difficult time. May you be comforted by the promise of the resurrection and the end of sickness and death forever. God makes these wonderful promises to us at John 5:28,29; Isaiah 25:8; Rev.21:4.

Antionette Hart
October 27th, 2012 11:46pm
Sturgis, Michigan

Kim, So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He and my Dad, Ray Leeper worked out of the same Brick Mason's Local 6. Ray used to speak very highly of your Dad and you saying, those were the good old days, working with people that learned and knew the trade. Fortunately your Dad and Ray were both great teachers and from their knowledge you and my brother followed in their footsteps. Please know I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Toni

Mark & Brenda Elion
October 26th, 2012 6:45pm

Kim & Family, We're sorry to hear about your loss.Eugene will truly be missed. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. love and blessings Mark and Brenda

Pam Meek Murphy
October 26th, 2012 3:06pm
Coos Bay, OR

So sorry to read of Gene's passing. I know that your family will miss him, but take comfort in the wonderful memories that he has left with all of you. Will be praying for your family.

Tom and Jane Hulen
October 25th, 2012 9:27pm

Barb and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time - Blessings, Tom and Jane