WILLIAM "BILLY", 85
Ocala - Casper William "Billy" Barnes died on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at age 85.
He was raised on Lake Weir in what was then called Barnes Beach, later to be Johnson's Beach, and now Gator Joe's. He graduated from Weirsdale High School in 1944 and attended the University of Florida.
After a short tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he returned in 1947 to marry his high school sweetheart, Julia Humphrey. In 1948 he returned to the University of Florida to earn a degree in Electrical Engineering and become a certified Gator.
In 1952 he and Julia moved to California where he earned a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. After working as an engineer for 12 years, he was appointed to a professorship at the University of California, Irvine where he earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher, scholar, and prolific inventor, with more than 20 patents. He retired from UC Irvine in 1990, and moved to Murrieta, California where he continued to work as an engineering consultant and avocado farmer. In 2002, he and Julia returned to Florida to their new home in Ocala, where Billy enjoyed many years of fishing on the lakes and rivers of Florida, as well as on the Gulf.
Billy was always proud to be called an Engineer, and had great respect for the contributions that engineers have made to our civilization. Billy was a secular humanist, and requested that no services be held in his behalf, and that his ashes be scattered on the waters of Florida that he loved so well.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2013