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Roy W. Barnhart

SPRINGFIELD: Roy W. Barnhart, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather lived an exemplary life for 95 years. He died on June 4, 2013 at Oakwood Village with his family at his side.

Roy, the second of five children of Asa and Catherine Teach Barnhart was born on January 1, 1918 in Bethel Township, Clark County. He attended Lawrenceville schools, graduating from Lawrenceville High School in 1936. While working in several capacities in Clark and Montgomery County following high school he met the love of his life, Freda Johnson Barnhart. They were married on July 14, 1945.

A conscientious objector during World War II Roy served with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in the western United States. There he and his group shined lights between mountain tops at night and triangulated their distances for the creation of accurate maps. He was a lifelong member of the Donnels Creek Church of the Brethren where he assumed many lay leadership roles. Roy and Freda began a diversified farm in 1946 in German Township. Concurrently he drove a school bus and worked in maintenance for the Northwestern Schools until his retirement.

Roy was involved in Clark County Grange and Farm Bureau. He was an active Lions Club member for 22 years, receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow award from the North Hampton Lions for his service to Lionism in 2012. An early adopter of new technology, as a youth he built and used a crystal set and later bought the very first transistor radio on the market. Throughout his life he found exceptional joy in listening to the radio. He was known to remember and then tell jokes from the likes of Groucho Marx to Garisson Keiler. In addition, he learned to use the radio in weather predictions, an invaluable skill in agriculture; he combined the reading of a barometer with the crackles of radio broadcast static to predict approaching storms. Roy was a dedicated amateur astronomer even hand grinding his own mirror for a six inch telescope so he could better see the moons of Jupiter. He shared new concepts he learned with his friends and family and instilled the joy of learning in his children and grandchildren.

Roy is survived by Freda his wife of 68 years; children: Les (Lynda Heyl) Barnhart of London OH, Stephen (Ellen) Barnhart of Ames IA, Earle (Hilde Maingay) Barnhart of Falmouth MA, Carol (Danny) Polter of Fremont OH, and Richard (Karen) Barnhart of Springfield OH; grandchildren Ate (fiancé' Angela Sun) Atema of New York City NY, Jurgen (Kate Nattrass) Atema of Falmouth MA, Sven (Nicole Nicodemus) Atema of Falmouth MA, Kate (Eric) Dauphinais of Westerly RI, Anne Barnhart of Westerly RI, Anthony (Corinne) Polter of Fremont OH, Steven Polter of Fremont OH, Erin (Justin) Walling of Beavercreek OH, Brian (Cynthia Cryder) Barnhart of St. Louis MO, Jenny (Nick) Stacey of Springfield OH, Laura Barnhart of Indianapolis IN, Scott (Brooke) Barnhart of Huber Heights OH, and Sydnie Barnhart of Springfield OH; and 13 great-grandchildren.

For memorial contributions, the family has designated the Donnels Creek Church of the Brethren "Poor Fund", 6562 Detrick-Jordan Pike, Springfield, OH 45502 or North Hampton Lions Club, P. O. Box 76, North Hampton, OH 45349.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 - 8 Friday in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME, 830 N. Limestone Street, Springfield, OH 45503. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Tad Hobert officiating; burial to follow in New Carlisle Cemetery.

You may express condolences at www.littletonandrue.com

Published in the News Herald on June 7, 2013
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