Floyd W. Barnes

February 07, 1921 ‒ July 16, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Floyd W. Barnes, 97, of Mount Vernon passed away Monday morning, July 16, 2018. He was born February 7, 1921 to John and Sylvia (Hissong) Barnes in Mount Vernon.

Floyd was a Professional Surveyor.  He retired from the Knox County Engineers Office in 1992 after 42 years.   He was also a partner of Barnes and Tracy Surveyors for a number of years.  He served six years in the Army and Veteran of World War II.  He was a Forward Observer for his Field Artillery Battery.  He was wounded in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge and a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Mount Vernon Exchange Club, Farm Bureau and life member of the Knox County Humane Society.  Floyd was a friend to all animals and shared his home and cared for many strays.

Floyd is survived by a daughter-in-law, Cathy Barnes of Howard; grandchildren, Eric Beach of Wake Forest, NC and Stephanie (Rod) Mowery of Howard; great grandchildren, Elizabeth “Liz” Beach and Brandon Beach of Howard, Grace Beach and Emma Beach of Wake Forest, NC; a longtime friend, Priscilla Stricker; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Floyd was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ruth (Shultz) Barnes on November 30, 2011; son, Daniel G. Barnes on January 29, 2015; two brothers, Leland and Irwin Barnes; sister, Thelma Blair; and canine best friends and companions, Joey his shepherd and Honey his yellow lab.

In 1939 when Floyd got out of high school, jobs were few to be had and he decided to enlist in the Army.  After Pearl Harbor, his artillery unit was sent to Iceland in February of 1942.  While there he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.  In July of 1943, he was sent back to the States on Special Duty to help train recruits at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  It was then while on leave before reporting in at Fort Jackson that he married Ruth Shultz, his high school sweetheart.  He went back overseas with the 231st Field Artillery to join forces with the war in Germany.  He was wounded December 18th in the Battle of the Bulge.  After four weeks in the hospital in England he was back with his Artillery Battery in Germany to help finish the war.  Back home he started to work in the Knox County Engineers Office in October of 1945.  In December 1948 he received his Professional Surveyor License after passing the State Board Examination.  He retired from the County Engineers Office in January 1992.  Floyd was a lover of animals and after retirement he spent much of his time along with friends of the Humane Society finding homes for stray and homeless dogs and cats.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018 with Mr. Roger Marra officiating.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with Military Honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Dogs of Knox Fund Inc., c/o Marla McCuthchen, 11819 Pleasant Valley Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 (or) H.O.P.E. (Heart Of Ohio Pets) Attn: Karen, P.O. Box 242, Centerburg, Ohio 43011.

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  • Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m so glad I connected with Floyd the past couple of years. We had some good talks about family and our four legged friends. May he Rest In Peace. If there is anything you need, please let me know.
    Kathy Blair-Weaver and Dick Weaver

  • Scott and Connie across the street neighbors will miss him so much. We are sorry for your loss. He was a great loving friend. This town lost a great Person. The neighborhood here won’t be the same. He will be greatly missed.

  • We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Floyd. He was such a special man. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace during this time of Sorrow. Terry and Pam Hissong.

  • What a Blessing for us to know such a wonderful man.
    He was so kind and caring to every human who knew him and a true friend and supporter for every living animal in this area…. God surely has a special place in Heaven set aside for this wonderful man and his family he loved.
    Prayers go up to our Lord for Kathy, kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews at this time of his passing…… we will all miss Floyd and all the Acts of kindness and Love he gave us!

    Til we meet again… love you Phil and Barb Houbler

  • Cathy,
    Even though we didn’t get to see Uncle Floyd in his later years, we thought of him
    constantly. We loved him very much and he certainly will be missed. Thank you
    for the love and care you gave to him! With sympathy, love and prayers!
    Marty (Barnes) Duffey and Family

  • Floyd was truly one of the Great American Patriots. He served all with all he had. I never heard Floyd complain of any inconvenience. He will be sadly missed. Our condolences to Cathy and her family.

  • Sorry to hear about Floyd. At least he’s now back with Ruth and Danny. You’ve taken great care of him with Ruth and Danny’s passing prior. Thank you Cathy and sorry for your loss in more ways than one. May they all Rest In Peace. Thanks again & again I’m so sorry.

  • Sorry to hear about Floyd. At least he’s now back with Ruth and Danny. You’ve taken great care of him with Ruth and Danny’s passing prior. Thank you Cathy and sorry for your loss in more ways than one. May they all Rest In Peace. Thanks again & again I’m so sorry.

  • Jake and I are so sorry for your lost. It’s hard for me to believe that Aunt Ruthie, Uncle Floyd and Danny are gone. I do have fond memories of them and I still think of them often. Life happened and I regret not keeping in better touch with them.

    Take care,

  • Cathy – Sorry for your loss. Floyd did many a survey for me over the years thanks to Dan introducing me to him. May God be with you and other family members in this time of need.