Robert F. "Barny" Barnhart, 90
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Robert F. "Barny" Barnhart, 90, died Saturday-Nov 10, 2012 at 9:30pm at Life Care Center in Bardstown, KY. He was born September 8, 1922 to Frank & Cozie Hufford Barnhart on the family farm in Clay Township, Carroll County, Indiana near Pyrmont. He was a 1940 graduate of Rossville High School and started farming with his father. Barney was a WWII Veteran enlisting in the Navy July 1942 and reporting to Bunker Hill Naval Base at Peru, Ind. Before shipping out to the Pacific Theater he married his lifelong partner of 69 years, Ruth J. Senasec of West Lafayette, Ind. on December 6, 1942, she preceded him in death on Aug 29, 2011. His Navy service continued in Barbers Point, Oahu, Hawaii where he was a Machinist Mate working in the Pratt & Whitney engine shop, keeping the fighters in the air. While at Barbers Point he completed a college agriculture program. Upon discharge from the Navy Nov. 1945 Barney returned to his wife, new son, and the family farm. With the assistance of the GI Bill he obtained his pilot license and became a licensed aircraft & engine repair technician. He combined these skills with farming, installed a state registered airstrip and hanger and opened up B&B Aircraft Inc. which he ran for 26 years. Barney & Ruth retired and moved to Lafayette, Indiana. In April 2009 Barney & Ruth moved to Bardstown, KY to be near their daughter, Rebecca Martin. Barney was a lifelong member of the Pyrmont Church of the Brethren, Deacon & Trustee. Charter Member of the Indiana Flying Farmers, member of VFW Post 1154 Lafayette, Post 11 Lafayette American Legion, charter member of the WWII National Memorial in Washington D.C., and the Experimental Aircraft Association. Preceded in death by his sister Kathleen Harley.
Surviving: Daughter: Rebecca & Gerard Martin Boston, KY; Sons: Robert & Dawn Barnhart Henderson, NV, and James & Lynn Barnhart Tullahoma, TN; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren
Services: Memorial Service at Pyrmont Church of the Brethren, Friday Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:00am. Pastor Guy Studebaker officiating, followed by a grave side service at Pyrmont Cemetery,with Delphi & Camden American Legion, & Delphi VFW Military Rites. Memorials to the Pyrmont Church, Pyrmont Cemetery, or Wounded Warriors, envelopes available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home-Delphi, in charge of arrangements. Online condolences: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in the Journal & Courier from November 14 to November 15, 2012