George R. Barnes

George Richard Barnes, 88, of Wabash, IN, and having family in Huntington County, IN, died Monday, May 6, 2019, at 8:45 am, at Wellbrooke of Wabash.

Mr. Barnes was a 1948 graduate of Banquo High School. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in the Korean War, and he earned a Purple Heart. He also served in the National Guard. He worked in welder maintenance for 30 years at General Motors in Marion, and also farmed. He was a former member of the Banquo Christian Church, and attended Grace Community Church in Marion.

He was formerly the president of the LaFontaine Veterans Association, was a member of the Van Buren American Legion, Wabash VFW Post 286, the NRA, and was a lifetime member of the Purple Heart Association. He was also instrumental in establishing the Veterans Memorial at the LaFontaine Community Center in LaFontaine.

He was born Jan. 5, 1931, in Huntington County to Raymond and Agnes Fansler Barnes. He married Rosemary Marshall on Sept.11, 1953, in Goshen, and she survives.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Cynthia "Cindy" Rose (Jim) Dennison, of Wabash, and Lisa Kay Bauer, of Homosassa, FL; two sons, Dean Richard (Melissa) Barnes, of Carmel, and Rex Allen (Connie) Barnes, of Berkeley Springs, WV; seven grandchildren, Michael (Terri) Dennison and Clayton (Mandy) Ellet, both of Wabash; Ryan Dennison, of Marion; Jared Dennison, of San Diego, CA; Randie (Traves) Bonwell, of Carmel; Jeremy Barnes, of Fishers; and Justin (Mitch) Barnes, of Mccomb, IL;, six great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Barnes.

Calling is Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 10, 2019, for one hour preceding the 2 p.m. funeral service, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash. Rev. Mark Hummell will officiate. Burial will be in LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Memorials are to St. Jude Hospital for Children.

The memorial guest book for George may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.