Miles Richard "Dick" Barnhart

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Miles Richard "Dick" Barnhart, 94, of Quincy, died Monday (July 7, 2014) in the Good Samaritan Home.

He was born July 30, 1919, in Flanagan, a son of Pierce and Lenore Milborn Barnhart.

Dick attended elementary and high school in Flanagan. Dick attended the University of Illinois for a semester and then entered the work force at the age of 19 years. Dick began his insurance career at the Kemper Insurance Co. in Chicago. His insurance employment led him to places in the midwestern U.S.A. He then went to work for Hardware Mutual Insurance, transferring to Stevens Point, Wis., and then transferring to Detroit, Mich., as branch manager. He then took an 18-month leave to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps stationed in Texas. Shortly after his honorable discharge and returning to Hardware Mutual, the offer of a position with Employers Mutual Companies in Des Moines, Iowa, looked promising and the decision to make the change was made. He began with EMC as a field supervisor in Nebraska. Kansas City was the next site in employment involving the consolidation of all areas of insurance into the newly formed branch in the Kansas-Missouri region. After eight years there, Dick, in 1966, was transferred to the Des Moines branch. The office staff consisted of approximately 90 employees and on retiring 24 years later, the staff had enlarged to over 200 people. Upon arriving in the Des Moines branch, he enrolled in the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriting course, designed specifically for the insurance industry. Often the CPCU is required because the course presents the knowledge of the overall techniques in the industry. The 12 aspects of the course are usually taken over a period of four years. With that accomplishment, Dick attained the position of resident vice president of EMC and continued to work as a branch manager until his retirement Jan. 31,1990, ending a 44-year career at EMC.

Approximately 18 months later, Dick and Ruth moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where they resided for 17 years after which they moved to Quincy, his home state, to be closer to family.

Among the many activities Dick enjoyed through the years included woodworking, table games, hunting and fishing, tennis, golf, hiking and, last but not least, both domestic and foreign travel. He had visited approximately 40 countries.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Barnhart; five children from a previous marriage, Judith Barford of Charleston, Pamela Anderson and her husband, Emmett, of Archie, Mo., Miles Christopher Barnhart and his wife, Debra, of Springfield, Mo., Richard Barnhart and his wife, Rita, of Tulsa, Okla., and Deborah Bunts and her husband, Don, of Fallbrook, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Numerous nieces nephews and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son-in-law, Bob Barford; and a sister, Phyllis Hynes.

SERVICES: Noon Monday, July 14, in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. Interment will be in Quincy Memorial Park with military rites conducted at the cemetery.

VISITATION: 11 a.m. until time of services Monday in the funeral home.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Unity Point Hospice or a .

ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.

WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 11 to July 13, 2014
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