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Duane James Barnard

Lafayette - Duane James Barnard, 64, of Lafayette, died Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Saint Anthony Rehabilitation and Nursing Center from complications following a massive stroke in March. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of death. Duane was born in Lafayette, IN to Robert and Mary Jo Barnard and grew up in Fowler, IN where he lived most of his life before moving to Lafayette in 2001. He graduated from Benton Central Jr/Sr High School in 1971.

A United States Army Veteran, Duane proudly volunteered to serve two terms in the Vietnam War from 1971 to 1975 and then was stationed in Germany from 1975 to 1977. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, he worked at the Benton County CO-OP Extension in Fowler, IN. Over the years, his health declined due to exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Duane fought for years for his Agent Orange VA Compensation, but was never awarded benefits. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Organization. Duane enjoyed playing cards, especially poker and loved shooting pool. He absolutely loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.

Nothing made him prouder than being a father and a papa. His children were the most important people in his life. He was dedicated to them and their happiness. Surviving are his two daughters, Jessica Barnard of Lafayette, Breanna (Nick) Richards of Lafayette and a son, Cody (Sara) Barnard of Lafayette. Also surviving are his pride and joys, his grandchildren. Four grandsons: Kayden Barnard, Parker Barnard, Mason Barnard and Asher Richards, one granddaughter Anastasha Vogel. Two step-grandchildren: Zachery and Nicholas Richards and two step-great-grandchildren Laila and Jayce Richards. Also surviving are four sisters: Tamra (Jeff) Holder of Lafayette, IN, Sandra (Gene) Erickson of Raleigh, NC, Debra McKee of Huntington, IN, and Kimberly (Greg) Wakefield of Tucson, AZ, four brothers: Randal (Deb) Barnard of Gainesville, GA, Mark (Elrene) Barnard of Gulf Shores, AL, Kent (Patti) Barnard of Orland, IN and Chris (Kristi) Barnard of Tucson, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Barnard and MaryJo (Goetz) Barnard of Tucson, AZ, one brother, Kyle Barnard of Tucson, AZ and an infant grandson, Deklan Richards of Lafayette, IN.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt gratitude to the Franciscan Health Lafayette East nursing staff. Also, the staff on Blueberry Lane at Saint Anthony's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for their compassion and care for Duane.

Funeral Services are being arranged by Windler Funeral Home of Fowler, IN. Visitation will be held from 9:00 - 10:30 AM followed by Mass at 10:30 AM, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at St. Mary's Cathedral, 1207 Columbia Street, Lafayette, IN. Father Robert Klemme officiating. Burial to follow at the Fowler Cemetery, 465 West Division Road, Fowler, IN at 1:00 PM.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday starting at 5:00 PM at the Old Buffalos Outpost Bar and Grill, 2511 Old US 231 S., Lafayette, IN.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Purdue Foundation's 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Luncheon to help support activities that honor our local Vietnam Veterans. Please make gifts payable to the Purdue Foundation and mail to 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906. On the memo line include "In Memory of Duane Barnard for the Vietnam 50th Commemoration."
Published in the Journal & Courier on Sept. 12, 2018
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