Michael Barnette, 66, of Bozeman, passed away from natural causes on June 21, 2010. He was born Dec. 8, 1943, in Clay, West Virginia to Ralph LeRoy and Bernice Julia (Wooddell) Barnette. "Mike" was raised in Virginia and graduated from John Mosby High school in Front Royal, Virginia. He attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia for two years.
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Mike was a dreamer and free spirit. After working many years in the car business in Northern Virginia and Ocean City, Maryland, he found his way to Montana where he opened Smart Wheels in Belgrade, Montana.
Mike was an avid Washington Redskin fan. He also enjoyed watching horse races with his many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Margie, and a nephew Dennis Mack Bellinger.
He is survived by a sister Jimmie Sue (Dennis) Fullinwider, nephews, Eric, Jamie, Jeb Fullinwider and a niece, Heather Carter Devine. He is also survived by eleven grand-nieces and nephews, many friends in Montana, Maryland, and Virginia and special friends Dennis and Lanny Spencer in West Virginia.
Cremation has taken place with burial of his urn in the Bennett Chapel Cemetery in Front Royal, Virginia. Condolences and memories may be shared with his family at www.dahlcares.com
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 27, 2010