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Dr. John "Barney" Walls


1930 - 2015
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Dr. John "Barney" Walls

September 30, 1930 - March 28, 2015

Dr. John "Barney" Walls passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Barney married his fellow Butler University marching band member, Alice C. McCelland in 1951. Upon graduation John was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. Barney served his country for 20 years as a meteorologist in the Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded the bronze star for his service supporting the Viet Nam conflict while stationed in Thailand. Barney and Alice lived in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, England, Virginia, and Nebraska. They traveled to all 50 states and most of Europe. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Barney completed his PhD in Education from the University of Nebraska. He and Alice then moved to Oregon where he became "Dr. John" the Chief Meteorologist for KOIN TV in Portland from 1974-1986. Barney was a true punster and claimed that he became a weatherman in Portland because weather was easy to predict there. He explained that it only rains twice a year in Portland, "the first time for six months and the second time for six months". Barney and Alice were active in their church always cooking, teaching, and singing. Barney was an avid and talented painter. Upon retirement from TV life, Barney continue to do what he enjoyed, singing in the church choir, painting pictures, teaching classes and making people laugh. Barney was preceded in death by his wife Alice and brother Bill. Barney is survived by his second wife Barbara Just, sons Keith (Eileen), Kevin (Nancy), and Kurt (Patty), daughter Laura (Dianna), grandchildren Brigitte, Tony, Andrew and Frances; and great grandson Kaiden.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 5, 2015
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