Gene Barnett

June 21, 1924 ‒ October 06, 2009

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD-As a young boy Gene Barnett learned the value of an honest day’s work. Year around, rain or shine he would ride his bike through the city streets of Kokomo, Indiana delivering the day’s news. Gene matured into a man of integrity and dependability. Quickly that young boy went from paper routes to WWII, where life’s lessons of determination and self sacrifice where manifest within him. Gene served his country but more importantly served others through Jesus Christ.

Eugene J. Barnett passed away Tuesday October 6, 2009 his soul has found permanent rest in God.

Gene was born on June 21, 1924 in Kokomo, Indiana to Orville and Floetta (Kercheval) Barnett and was graduated from Kokomo High School in 1942. Following graduation, he joined the Army Air Corp and was sent to Kenyon College to study pre-meteorology. While at Kenyon, Gene often went to the USO (a recreation center where service men could find support within their community) in the nearby city of Mt. Vernon. It was there that he met his future wife, Betty Monk. Following the completion of his first year, Gene transferred to Yale where he became a communications officer. Gene and Betty were married on October 7, 1945 and four months later he was sent overseas to support the occupation of Japan during WWII. After a year of service in Japan, Gene returned to the states and enrolled in Kenyon College where he graduated with a degree in both math and physics.

Gene’s schooling at Kenyon prepared him for his position at Westinghouse where he worked 40 years as an electrical engineer, retiring in 1988.

A skilled carpenter, Gene could either fix or build just about anything. He finished the entire upstairs of his first house, laid the hardwood floors, and even built a garage! His work ethic and tenacious approach resulted in near flawless renovations.

Gene also had a softer side, expressing his interest in gardening. Growing both flowers and vegetables, he enjoyed the fruits of his labor. Gene tended to his vegetable gardens, fruit trees and rose bushes.

Gene also enjoyed the challenges of golfing. He was a member of the Westinghouse golf league and often played at Possom Run Golf course. While in Naples, Florida he and Betty lived in the Fox Fire Golfing Community where Gene enjoyed the ability to play year around.

A member of The First Congregational Church, Gene served for over 50 years. He was past junior deacon as well as senior deacon. He was a member of the Mansfield University Club and also helped with local Boy Scout Troops.

Gene was devoted to his family. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he will be remembered for his integrity, determination and love for the Lord.

Surviving are his loving wife Betty (Monk) Barnett of Mansfield; children and their spouses Cheryl and Allen Adair of Upper Arlington, Marcia Scurfield of Derby Kansas, Steven and Debra Barnett of Ashland, Kentucky; five grandchildren Kenneth and Elizabeth Adair, Jeffrey and Stacy Adair, Brett and Mary Scurfield, Michael and Charne Scurfield, and Kari Barnett, two great grandchildren James Adair and Grant Scurfield; sister and brother-in-law Evelyn and Bob Barrett of Florida, sisters Thelma Lilly and Eileen Ward both of Kokomo, Indiana, brother and sister-in-law James and Bette Lou Barnett of Florida, sister and brother-in-law Emma Lou and Darrol Barrett of California, and brothers and sisters-in-law Emmett and Karen Barnett, Robert and Linda Barnett and a sister and brother-in-law Beverly and Jack Foster all of Kokoma, Indiana; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers Edward and Orville Jr. Barnett; sister Wilma Jo Rudken.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Gene Barnett will be held Saturday October 17, 2009 at 3 pm in the Chapel of the First Congregational Church in Mansfield. The Rev. Dr. Tony Minear will officiate. Following the memorial service a reception will be held in the Manor House of Wedgewood Estates, 600 South Trimble Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44906. The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Barnett family.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, 780 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio 44906.

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