Ralph W. Barnes, 91, a retired U.S. Air Force
major, departed this life Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Fort Worth. Graveside service: 1 p.m. Monday in Elmwood Memorial Park, Abilene. Ralph was born June 21, 1921, in Portsmouth, Ohio, to Joseph and Ada Skiver Barnes. Ralph was one of the heroes of the "greatest generation." He served in World War II
in North Africa and the South Pacific and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross during his service. He made the Air Force his career and traveled all over the world. He was married on Nov. 7, 1943, in Baltimore, Md., to Priscilla M. Hutchinson and they raised three daughters. As the family patriarch, he was always interested in the family and their progress. He was a loving devoted husband, father and grandfather. Preceding Ralph's passing were his parents; sisters, Ruth, Ruby and Bette June; his wife, Priscilla; daughter, Lynn Allison; and grandchildren, Larry Caudill and Tiffiny Atkinson. Survivors: Mr. Barnes is survived by daughters, Drusilla Falk(Dennis), Gayle Webb (Carlos) and Susan Atkinson (Doug). He leaves behind grandchildren, Cindy Hughes, Dennis Falk Jr., Arthur Caudill, Bill Caudill, Kathy Martin and Joseph Atkinson. Mr. Barnes has 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.