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BARNES MD, John W. died at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston Salem North Carolina on August 28, 2013. Born on December 31, 1926 in Wadsworth, Ohio to Lyle H. and Helen Newton Barnes, Jack grew up in Columbus, Ohio, attending Columbus, Ohio public schools before graduating from North High School in 1945. He completed his Pre-Med undergraduate studies in a three year accelerated program at The Ohio State University where he also was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Jack received his MD degree from Northwestern University in 1952, and completed his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1953. A five year General Surgery residency program at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dayton, Ohio followed, where he served as Chief Resident in 1958. Joining the staff at Middletown Regional Hospital in 1958, Jack served as a much-loved member of the general surgery team for the next 31 years until his retirement in 1988. During that time, he was elected Chief of Surgery a number of different times. Jack was a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Butler County Medical Society. In the early 1960's he achieved the distinction of being recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). An avid sportsman and outdoor enthusiast, Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing and sailing, spending many youthful summers portaging and fishing the Northern lakes with his father and younger brother, Bruce. Also a great fan of golf and tennis, he was a longstanding member of Brown's Run Country Club in Middletown, Ohio, Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort, Michigan, Wild Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, Isle of Palms, SC, The Keenland Club in Lexington, Kentucky, and Middletown Tennis Club. Jack will be remembered as a skilled and compassionate surgeon, lover of, nature, science, storytelling... and world's greatest Grandpa. Preceded in death by his youngest son, John N. Barnes Jack is survived by his devoted wife, Patricia, siblings Dr. Bruce Barnes and Lois Wendt; children, Ann and Paul, Kinney, Sarah Blaikie (Tim), Amy and Larry Kinney and Jim Barnes; stepchildren Jim Kinney (Eileen) John Kinney, Laura Francis (Todd), six nieces and nephews, and sixteen grandchildren; Sarah, Jim, and Meghan Kinney Avrett, Erich, Emily and Cora Kinney, Gene Kinney, Sam Wil and Gabe Blakie, Bailey and Noah Vigland-Barnes, Adam, Katherine, Merritt and Ben Francis. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are making donations to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston Salem North Carolina. A family memorial to celebrate Jack, his life and stories will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made to

Published in Journal-News on Sept. 4, 2013
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