Kendall Roger Barnes(1924 - 2013)

Kendall Roger Barnes 1924 - 2013 Kendall Roger Barnes, 88, of Bakersfield, CA, passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side on January 13, 2013. Kendall was born in Chappell, Nebraska, on July 2, 1924. He was the youngest of three children born to parents Nettie and Riley Barnes Sr. His siblings were Riley Barnes Jr. and YeVonne Barnes, each of whom are deceased. He is survived by his wife, Doris Barnes; his son, Earl Barnes and wife Carolyn; two grandchildren, Ethan and Emily Barnes; nephews, Rodger Barnes and wife Rebecca, Kenneth Barnes and wife Pat, Lori Miller and husband Mark, Gail Grimes Skinner, Brad Barnes and wife Gigi, Jason Barnes and wife Laura, Amie Skinner, Carla Schoeller and husband Kyle, Michelle Bartlet and husband Daniel, Zachary Skinner, Bethann Miller and husband Richard, Leah Lamas and husband Mark, and Faith Hall. Kendall and his family moved to Bakersfield, California in 1945 to escape the harsh winters in Nebraska, and to be closer to Riley Barnes Jr., who at the time was serving in the US Navy and was stationed in San Diego. In 1950, Kendall met Doris at Bakersfield College when they accidentally bumped into each other. Inseparable, they both finished their college degrees and got married in 1952. Last year, Doris and Kendall celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Throughout their marriage, Kendall managed the family farming interests in Kern and Tulare Counties. During his life, Kendall was an excellent provider for his family and was always willing to help friends and family in need. He had a wonderful smile and a generous heart with an infinite capacity for loving his family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Soon after his death, his wife Doris reflected that he was "the most loving and caring man she ever knew." He was loved, he was respected, and he will be missed. During his life, Kendall enjoyed tent camping with his family at Morro Bay and Pismo Beach, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. He was especially proud of his grandchildren Ethan and Emily. Kendall was a life-long member of the following organizations: Libertas-Security Masonic Lodge No. 466, Kern County Shriners, Al Malaikah Shriners, Bakersfield Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star - Bakersfield Chapter 125, and The First United Methodist Church. His family wishes to thank his hospice providers, his doctors, nurses and well wishers for their thoughts, prayers and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the or Hoffmann Hospice. A private family-only service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at 1:00pm. www.bakersfield.com/obits

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Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary
9101 Kern Canyon Road Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 366-5766

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 16, 2013