Howard Ray Barnes
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MCCONNELSVILLE: Howard Ray Barnes 89, of McConnelsville passed away at 10:02 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Riverside Landing Care Center surrounded by his family. Ray was born November 24, 1923 in Unionville, Ohio to Ivan R. and Laura Belle (Ray) Barnes.
He graduated from Manchester High School in 1941 and from Ohio University in 1949. He served his country in the U.S Army during WWII from March 1943 to April 1946. He was a sargant in the Fox Company and served in England, France, Germany and Belgium and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was appointed to the U.S Postal service as a rural mail carrier in 1951, where he was employed for 34 years until his retirement in 1985.
He married Allene Marshall in 1953 and they celebrated 60 years together on August 15, 2013. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children Rhonda (Jim) Hopkins of Coshocton, Robert (Carolyn) Barnes of Pickerington and Richard Barnes of McConnelsville; he leaves four grandchildren, Andra Hopkins of of Chicago, Monica Hopkins of New York City, Jessica (Andrew) Akers of Coshocton, and Nicolas Barnes of McConnelsville; and a great-grandchild Lainey Akers; also surviving are step-grandchildren Vicky and Kevin Swiger and three step-great-grandchildren Augusta, Brianna and Carson Swiger all of Pickerington; he is also survived by two sister-in-laws Ina Belle Barnes and Mavis Manning; a brother-in-law John (Sherry) Marshall; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Jay Barnes; three sisters Mary Roberts, Eleanor Pennock, and Betty Barnes as well as a half- brother Kay Barnes and three half-sisters Beulah Betz, Joy Barnes and Kenyon Barnes.
He was very active in the community throughout his life. He was a past member and Elder of the Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church in McConnelsville. Since 1971 he has been an active member of McKendree United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for several years. He was a member of the Clemitie Amitie Lodge in Reinersville and the Neelysville Grange. He organized the Boy Scout Troup 299 and served as scout master for several years.
Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the McKendree United Methodist Church near McConnelsville, where masonic services will be held at 8 p.m. Funeral services will held at 11 :00 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the church with pastor Bracken Foster officiating. Burial with military honors by the American Legion Post 24 Color Guard will be in McKendree Cemetery.
Miller-Huck Funeral Home in McConnelsville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to McKendree United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made to www.miller-huck.com.
Published in the Times Recorder on Sept. 30, 2013