Ford Barnett, Sr.

February 16, 1923 ‒ September 28, 2012

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Ford Barnett was not only a gentleman, he was a gentle man. He never raised his voice – getting angry “just wasn’t worth it.”

Hard working patriot and patriarch, Mr. Barnett passed away Friday afternoon September 28, 2012 in Hospice of North Central Ohio in Ashland following a short illness. He was 89.

Born February 16, 1923 in Blackie, Kentucky, Ford was graduated from Riverside Christian Training School in Lost Creek, KY, and entered the U.S. Army right out of high school. He served his basic training on Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbor, which started his 46 months of combat service in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, and was awarded the Purple Heart from injuries he sustained in the Philippines.

He and his wife Mabel moved to Richland County in 1952, and Ford took a job at the former Humphries. Shortly thereafter, he started working at the steel mill and retired from Empire Detroit as turn foreman with 31 years of service.

Ford loved to “play in the dirt” and annually raised a beautiful vegetable garden. He loved to tinker around the house, and his family will miss his helpfulness and resourcefulness.

He had a ornery side, loved to hunt and fish, and followed the Cleveland Indians and Browns and OSU athletics, always with his faithful black Lab “Ace” at his side.

He is survived by his wife Mabel (Miller) Barnett, whom he married November 15, 1947; their sons George (Winnie) Barnett, Danny (Libby) Barnett and Ford Barnett, Jr. all of Butler; grandchildren Jason (Teresa) Barnett of Monroe, NC, Brandy (Jared) Freitag of Lucas, Jonathan (Ashley) Barnett of Butler, Rachel (fiance Kevin Nye) Barnett of Columbus, Christopher Barnett of Butler, Paige (Brandon Peters) Barnett of Bellville; great grandchildren Caden, Peyton, Addalynn, Brinley and Wyatt; his sister Faye Barker of Simpsonville, SC; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his siblings Earl, Robert, Ernest, Marvin, Ray, George, Jr., Carolyn Lee and Courtney.

The Barnett family will receive friends Monday, October 1, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where a Masonic memorial service will be held at 7:45 p.m. His funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Ken Kinley officiating. Burial will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery, where American Legion Post # 535 will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to the Clear Fork Valley Nutrition Program or Worthington Township Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.

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