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Michael Barnes, of Deerbrook, died Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital with his family at his side. He was 65 years old. He was born on January 9, 1947 in Milwaukee, a son of Richard and Patricia (Powers) Barnes. He married Rosemary Wesley on November 30, 1968 at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Antigo. She survives.
He was a graduate of Germantown High School with the class of 1964.
He received his bachelors degree in history from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and went on to receive his masters degree in business management from the University of Redlands in California.
He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 - 1988 having attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. After Officer Candidates School, he served in Vietnam as a company executive officer in B Company, 1Bn/9th Regiment. Lt. Col. Barnes was an infantry officer throughout his Marine Corps career. He served as a pioneer in mechanized warfare, was the Instructor-Inspector for 3Bn/25th Regiment reserve unit and was the Marine Corps representative, teaching military science at the Military Academy at West Point.
Following military service he moved to Wausau where he owned and operated Sentinel Detective Agency, Inc. for the past 23 years.
He was a charter member of the Wausau Earlybird Rotary Club. He was active serving as a board member for Birch Trails Girl Scout Council and subsequently Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes. He was a member of St. Wencel Catholic Church in Neva where he was a Eucharistic Minister and high school religious education teacher. He was a member of the Timberwolves Detachment of the Marine Corps League - Antigo, the Sparks-Doernenburg American Legion Post #3 - Antigo and the Burns Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #388 - Wausau.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, gardening and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors including his wife are three sons, Sean (Mary) Barnes, Gainesville, VA, Matthew (Cynthia) Barnes, Mosinee, Joseph (Monika) Barnes, Kaukauna; a daughter Amanda (David) Olson, Mt. Horeb; eight grandchildren Lauren Taylor, Esme, Oliver, Elliot, Simon, Eleanor, Charles and Abigail; two sisters Mary Rebecca (James) Kapellen, Edgerton, Leslie (Craig) Deneke, Waddell, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Joyce Barnes.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Wencel Catholic Church in Neva with Rev. David Schmidt officiating. Burial will take place in the parish Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
Visitation will be 3:30-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Bradley Funeral Home, 1550 Neva Rd. (Hwy 45) Antigo 54409 and 9-10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
A parish wake service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday also at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, P.O. Box 5056 Wausau, WI 54402-5056; or Wounded Warriors in Action www.wwiaf.org, providing purple heart recipients the opportunity to enjoy outdoor sports.
Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com.
His family extends a heartfelt Thank You to the physicians and nursing staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for the exceptional care provided for Mike.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Dec. 26, 2012