James D. Barnes, 90, Wabash, died at 1:20 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Parkview Wabash Hospital. He was born May 10, 1927, in Jonesboro, to Raymond and Anges (Fansler) Barnes.
Mr. Barnes was a 1945 graduate of Banquo High School. He married Carolyn Henning at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marion, on June 12, 1953. His family moved to Huntington County, in 1928 and bought the family farm in 1930 where he farmed for 60 years. He was a 40-year member of the Holstein Association USA, Inc. He drove a school bus 32 years for Huntington County Schools, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Banquo Christian Church where he served as Deacon, Trustee, and on the Finance and other committees. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching college basketball, especially the Indiana Hoosiers, the Indiana Pacers, and the Indianapolis Colts. He especially enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities, birthdays, any special occasions, and family trips.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Barnes of Wabash; two children: Donald (Olinda) Barnes of Decatur; and Sharon (Bill) Middleton of Wabash; four grandchildren: April (Garrett) Rentschler of Wabash; Adam (Kristina) Middleton of Andrews; Jacob Barnes of Alpena, Mich.; and Donis (Wesley Kretzschmar) Barnes of Auburn, Wash.; great grandson, James Middleton of Andrews; his brother, George (Rosemary) Barnes of Wabash; brother-in-law, William Walton of Goshen; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Brandon Middleton, his parents, one brother, Willard Barnes, and two sisters, Rosemary Walton and Alice Marie Cross.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, March 1, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Harold Smith officiating. Burial will be in LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Friends may call 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is Banquo Christian Church.