Ricky Lee "Rick" Barnes, 63, peacefully entered into the arms of the Lord on Jan. 22, 2013, while at his home in San Angelo, Texas, with his family by his side. Ricky was courageous and strong during his 2 1/2-year battle with cancer.
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An open house visitation will be held to celebrate his life from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the home of Ron and Marcella Barnes, 29812 Fairway Drive in Evergreen. His ashes will be scattered at the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado and on Cleone Beach in Fort Bragg, Calif. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Grape Creek.
Rick was born Dec. 13, 1949, in Burlington, Iowa. He graduated from high school in 1969 in Polo, Ill., where he was football captain and homecoming king. This is where he got his start in the newspaper industry working alongside his father, Ron, at the Polo Tri-County Press.
He married the love of his life, Teresa Price, on July 2, 1988. They shared a passion for sunset walks on the beach in Northern California, traveling, concerts, the Green Bay Packers, hiking and camping. Together they have a daughter, Jessica, 21, who was the pride and joy of his life and gave Rick strength to carry on.
Rick's life career was centered on the newspaper and advertising industries. He worked with a variety of papers starting with the Polo Tri-County Press in Polo, Ill.; then assistant publisher of the Glenwood Opinion Tribune in Glenwood, Iowa; advertising director of the Fort Bragg Advocate News in Fort Bragg, Calif.; advertising director for Gannett Publishing in Green Bay, Wis.; advertising director for the San Angelo Standard-Times and Publisher in Edmond, Okla., and Algona, Iowa.
Rick's hobbies included fishing, golfing, hiking and old Westerns, and he loved to sit and have good talks with friends and strangers, who were just friends he had never met.
Rick is survived by his wife, Teresa Barnes, and daughter Jessica Barnes, both of San Angelo, Texas; his parents, Ron and Marcella Barnes of Evergreen; a sister, Paula of Evergreen; a brother, Brent; and niece Elise of Denver.
The family is grateful for the compassion extended to Rick by so many physicians, nurses, family, friends and neighbors. Dr. Robert Prieto and staff were especially important to Rick throughout his journey with cancer. Baptist Hospice's kindness and generosity were greatly appreciated by the family. Debbie Davis' sincere compassion with Rick and the family was truly a comfort.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Baptist Hospice, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the
Proverbs 3: 5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Arrangements by Shaffer Funeral Home/Grape Creek, 325-481-3131.
Published in Canyon Courier from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2013