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Gordon L. Barna

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Gordon L. Barna Sept. 28, 1935 - Aug. 29, 2008 Resident of Danville Gordon was born in Tacoma, WA, to George and Marguerite Barna. He came from a humble American family whose principles of hard work and fortitude were the basis for his successes. Gordon attended the University of Washington, was in ROTC, graduating in 1957 with a degree in ceramic engineering. Gordon worked for Interpace (formerly Gladding McBean) for 20 years. He started in the lab developing specialty brick products and was eventually promoted to General Manager of Operations. In 1978, he took a Product Manager position with Kaiser Refractories in Oakland, CA. In 1985, Gordon became the Vice President of Manufacturing for National Refractories and Minerals Corp. where he retired. Throughout his career, Gordon traveled the world using his expertise in industrial refractories to set up and teach others the technology. He co-authored a college handbook of "Industrial Refractories Technology" with Stephen C. Carniglia. He made lifelong friends and associates throughout the world and was known not only as a guiding light, but as a friend. He will be greatly missed. Gordon is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, George Barna Jr. a step-daughter, Chere Copeland and his first wife, Barbara, mother of his children. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Emma Lou; daughters Debbie Green of Tacoma, WA, Peggy Russ (Tom) of Livermore, CA. and Tammy Jones(Shawn) of Vinton, CA. Step-children Michael Beck (Mai) of Anthem, AZ. Judy Sylvester (Scott) of Rio Vista, CA. and Dale Dorman (Jim) of Oakley, CA. Two sisters Connie Jones of Tacoma WA, and Betty Bowen (Bill) of Spokane, WA. and numerous grandchildren, great-grand-children, nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his lifelong friend, Dennie Modahl of Spanaway, WA. Gordon is loved dearly and will be forever missed. Family and friends will always remember the polkas and waltzes he so enjoyed entertaining us with on his accordion. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Friday, September 5, 2008, at 12:00 noon at the Community Presbyterian Church, 222 West El Pintado Road, Danville 94526, in the sanctuary. A graveside service will be at 3:00p.m. at Oakmont Memorial Park & Mortuary, 2099 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, 94549 Viewing will be at Oakmont Memorial Park & Mortuary on Thursday, September 4, from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. and Friday September 5, from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Sept. 3, 2008
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