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Vernon John "Bud" Barnes

(Eagan, MN and Waterloo, IA)

Vernon John Barnes died on March 27, 2014 in Eagon, Minn. He was born in South Dakota in 1920, the son of Floyd and Clara Barnes. Vernon grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, and graduated from St. Mary's High School there. Vern was a World War II veteran; he served in the U.S. Army in northern Europe where he was wounded and eventually lost the sight of one eye. While being treated for his injury at a Veterans Hospital in Missouri, he met a young Army nurse named Yolanda "Toni" Parenza, who hailed from Melrose, Iowa. Bud and Toni were married in 1950 and made their home in Waterloo. He worked as a tool maker/supervisor at John Deere Tractor Works for 40+ years.

In 2004, Bud and Toni sold their home in Waterloo and moved to McAuley Terrace, a senior living facility in Johnston, Iowa. After Toni's death in 2011, Vern moved to Eagan, Minnesota, to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Kay and Dan Dorgan, where he was lovingly cared for until his death. Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, his parents and five of his six sisters. He is survived by his sister, Joan Harris of Placentia, CA; his three daughters - Paula (Michael Baxter) of Rosemount, MN, Susan (Jean Davis) of Des Moines, IA and Mary Kay Dorgan (Dan) of Eagan, MN. Vern was the proud grandfather of Gabriel Barnes Brammer (Macarena Bartolome), Alissa Barnes Brammer (Lanon Baccam); Amanda Dorgan, Molly Dorgan (Matt Kieman) and Andrew Dorgan, as well as the great-grandfather of Violeta and Nicanor Brammer and Theodore John Kieman.

Vern was a gifted carpenter, avid golfer, enthusiastic baseball fan, and stalwart Hawkeye supporter. Above all, he was devoted to his faith and family. One of his nieces aptly described him as a "baby whisperer" for his uncanny ability to soothe even the fussiest infant. He was at his best when caring for his grandchildren and recounting all of their exploits and priceless expressions. We will miss his generous spirit, keen wit, and uncompromising loyalty. Dad, grandpa, brother, you are our hero and we will love you always.

The family extends our thanks to Sister Marta for all her kindness.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 31 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Waterloo with visitation one hour before services at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo, where there will be full military rites conducted by the Waterloo and Evansdale Amvets, Posts 19 & 31, with flag presentation by the Iowa Army Honor Guard. Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street, Waterloo, is in charge of arrangements.

Online Condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial donations may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters, 985 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa, WI.

Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2014
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