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Raymond H. Barnes

December 30, 1918~July 20, 2013

Raymond Herbert Barnes was born to Herbert and Lily Barnes in the whaling city of New Bedford, MA. He obtained a degree in Navel Architecture at the University of Michigan. While there he spent one summer working at the Blaney Park Resort in Upper Michigan. His first job was at Maryland Dry dock in Baltimore, MD. During the war in 1942, he and his lifetime friend Ed Mothersbaugh drove to Tacoma, WA and worked in the engineering department at Todd Shipyards who built baby aircraft carrier. After that, until 1970 he worked at Winsolw Marine Railway, H.C. Nickum, Sound Bridge Dredging, Lockeed Shipbuilding, Dew Line-Alaska, 9 years at Boeing and then Art Anderson Associates. After the Boeing layoff in 1970 he vowed never to work for anybody. He filled his life with trading stocks, sailing Star Boats, painstakingly building a sailboat - the Thunderbird, golfing, and caring for his aging mother, from 1978 until 1990.

In 1950 he had a short, stormy marriage to Bernice Fay Foley (deceased in 1962). In 2008, 10 years after diagnosis, he became ill and was taken in by his sister and brother in law. Thanks to them and Dr. Milder of Swedish Medical Center, he recovered and returned to an active life in Kingston, WA. He is survived by: one step-grandchild, three step-great grandchildren, his brother-in-law Bob Brooks and sister Hester Brooks, their sons Thomas, Eric and Matt. Eric's children Cole and Bridget and his wife Lisa. Thomas's children Dylan and Spencer and his wife Kim, and Seattle help-mate Marge Breek'ha.

Ray was cremated and internment of urn with ashes in grave of grandfather Thomas Barnes in Acushnet Cemetery in Acushnet, MA. For Memorial, treat yourself to an evening out and for remembrance, please donate to The Swedish Medical center in Ballard or The Suquamish United Church of Christ (PO Box 318 Suquamish, WA 98392). Please attend his memorial service on Saturday October 19th 2013 at 2pm at the Suquamish United Church of Christ at 18732 Division Ave NE, Suquamish WA 98392.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 29, 2013
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