Donald M. “Barney” Barnhart
October 12, 1947 ‒ April 25, 2021
Donald M. “Barney” Barnhart, age 73, of Ashley, died peacefully on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Grady Memorial Hospital with his loving children by his side.
Born October 12, 1947 in Shelby, OH to the late Henry M. and Betty E. (Cheeseman) Barnhart. A skilled Tool and Die Maker by trade. He proudly served his country as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force, Viet Nam Era, stationed in Alaska.
Barney loved vacationing with his family at Dale Hollow, camping and boating. He loved shooting sports, hunting and fishing. His love for hunting out-weighted his luck and/or skill. He loved to fish and probably would’ve caught more if he had the patience to leave his lure in the water. He was a competitive shooter, his crowning achievement was shooting a perfect score on a single stage….once. He always had ants in his pants and could never sit still. He collected rare Alaskan oddities such as a Hoofaboo, Oosik and an Indian in a Barrel. He loved his time in Alaska and always wanted to return, but could never quite talk his wife into it.
In addition to his parents, Barney was preceded in death by his wife, Gay Lynette (Geckley) Barnhart and sister, Carol Jean Barnhart.
Barney is survived by loving and devoted children, Shannon (Brian) Fisher of Fredericktown and Shane (Mara) Barnhart of Radnor, Ohio; “the lights of his life”, grandchildren, Ava and Easton Barnhart; sister, Linda Jones.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Barney’s favorite charity: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0552 in Barney’s memory.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Barnhart family. Please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com to share a memory or condolence with Barney’s family.