Don B. Barnett

October 21, 1921 ‒ January 09, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Don B. Barnett, 95 of Galion passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at Magnolia Terrace in Galion.

He was born October 21, 1921 in Mt. Vernon and was the son of Homer and Bessie (Skeels) Barnett. On June 24, 1943 he married Virginia V. Ireland and they shared nearly 57 years of marriage until her passing on May 25, 2000.

Don was a 1941 graduate of LaRue High School and moved to Galion where he owned and operated Barnett Plumbing and Heating in Galion from 1946 to 2010. He was a member of the Galion Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness and was very involved with Watchtower conventions, receiving seven Who’s Who Awards. Don was an avid Ohio State Football fan and enjoyed fishing and volunteering.

He is survived by his son, James A. (Mary) Barnett of Tampa, Florida; his daughter, Faye A. (David) Givens of Dayton; his seven grandchildren, Stephanie, Peter, Jeffrey, Mallory, Michael, Nathan and Amanda; his four great-grandchildren, Emma, Gavin, Maddox and Mila and a brother Lee Barnett of Bellevue.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his four brothers.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 and one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, January 14 at the funeral home with Minister Lawrence Jarka officiating. Burial will be in Iberia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Don Barnett, and condolences may be made to them at

  • To the family of Don Barnett, our family sends our condolences to all.
    Don was a true friend to our family, and a fine Christian Witness of Jehovah- Don and Virginia was a fine example of a neighbor,friend,and a spiritual couple.

    We send our Love to the family
    Thomas & Betty Reece

  • From the Light family in Alabama. So sorry to hear ‘this news. How wonderful it will be when all is new!
    We send our love.
    Ken, Evelyn, and families

  • So sorry for your loss. He was a good guy. Doesn’t seem possible Ginny gone that long. They were a great couple. You have our condolences.
    Marilyn & Don Burkholder

  • It was a privilege to know both Don and Virginia. Looking forward to seeing them again when God’s promise of a restored paradise is fulfilled here on earth–“Don’t be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out,” Jesus said at John 5:28, 29.
    Jeannie & Ray Rinehart, Marion Congregation

  • Don was truly one of the nicest, funniest and caring men I’ve ever known. He and his wonderful wife, Virginia, were close friends of my mother, Ethel Curren, and they were our neighbors, so I spent a lot of time with them and at their home. I still have a beautiful porcelain child’s tea set that Don’s loving Mother, Bessie, gave to me when I was guite young. Don was a thoughtful and fatherly man who would always check the air pressure on my bicycle tires without even having to ask him. My fondest memory is of sitting on the back porch with Don and feeding peanuts to squirrels. RIP my friend.

  • I will always remember the good times my mother, Iva Goff, and I had with Don and Virginia at the summer district assemblies in Detroit, Michigan. And, remember the good times we had with the car group going out in service. We so look forward to the new world.

  • All though I never met Donald he was the brother of my Great Grandfather Ellis Barnetr I am saddened to hear of his death and his family and friends are in the thoughts and prayers of his extended family here in Arkansas

    • Hi, This is uncle Lee. Are you Betty’s granddaughter? At the funeral home we saw a picture of your Great grandfather with Clark, Don, Lee and Dean, taken at your Aunt Edith’s house in Columbus in the early 90’s.