James W. Barnett

April 27, 1945 ‒ January 23, 2015

Howard, Ohio
Formerly of Plantation, Florida

James W. Barnett, age 69, of Howard, Ohio, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Country Court Nursing Center in Mount Vernon. He was born on April 27, 1945 in East St. Louis, Illinois the son of Elmer and Rose (Cruz) Barnett. James served in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam for two tours and three extensions. Upon returning home from proudly serving for his Country, he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Thomas University and his Master’s Degree in Human Resource from the University of Miami in Florida.

James retired in 2001 after serving 30 years as Captain of the Plantation Florida Police Department. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police where he served as trustee for Lodge #147 of Ohio, Lodge #44 of Texas and Lodge #42 of Florida. James was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed riding the country with his friends from the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, Goldwing Club, Harley Riding Club and the Blue Knights. He was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church in Sunbury.

James is survived by his wife, Sandra (Bencz) Barnett, whom he married on June 30, 2001, a son, Richard Rogers of Fort Worth, Texas, a daughter, Karleen (Danny) Wilhelm of Howard, Ohio, eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a son-in-law, Marc Rivera of Irving, Texas, nieces, Chandra (Donald) Barnett of Florida and Janie (Joe) Lebowski of Germany.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Janie Barnett, a daughter, Rhonda Rivera and a brother, Elmer Barnett.

In keeping with James’s wishes, the family will observe a private burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of James W. Barnett.

Memorial contributions in James’s name may be made to the Hope Lutheran Church or the Wounded Warrior Project.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Sandy,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers
    David and Diana Shaffer

  • Sandy,
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I never meet you but was proud to know and serve with Jim while he & I were employed by Plantation Police Dept.
    I’ll always remember his booming laugh. Lots of stories told by Jim to us “Rookies”
    God Bless & RIP Captain Barnett

  • Jim was my first supervisor at thr PD and actually sat on the oral board when I was hired. I found him to be highly intelligent and always willing to share his knowledge. He could be a firm taskmaster but as long as you did your job he would do anything for you. He was so kind to me when my first husband passed away saying “whatever you need it’s yours”. I was so pleased to hear of his faith and know I will see him again hearing that booming laugh that is like no other. God bless each of his family with His everlasting peace.

  • My heartfelt condolences to Sandra Barnett and the entire Barnett family. I was hired in January 2000, and I remember when I walked into the office of Captain Barnett. There he stood this large in stature figure with that deep voice. He shook my hand and welcomed me to the police department . I was an impressionable 22 year old young man and his welcoming and compassionate spirit had a deep lasting impact on me. From that time in January 2000 to the time he retired, I only encountered Captain Barnett only a handful of times. He was always so pleasant, always so genuine, always that large stature deep voice man who was the first police officer to welcome me to the police department after I got hired. Captain Barnett will be missed. My prayers to his lovely family. Sleep In Peace Captain Barnett. Till I see you again.

  • Sandy,
    Captain Barnett was one of my favorite supervisors. He was good to the new officers and respected the veterans. He truly was a gentleman. You can be proud of the man you married and chose to spent the latter years of your life with.
    Respectfully and with great memories of Jim. Paul Swaney

  • Jim was a great friend, mentor and Supervisor he was was well respectected by
    His peers. And his colleagues and got alog well with others he will be missed by many. May you rest in peace my great friend, you are in a better place now go walk the streets of heaven with the Angles. Frank McMenamin

  • Condolences for your loss. Heaven has just gained another Veteran and Police Officer that served his country and community with pride and honor.

  • I fondly remember Capt. Jim Barnett, he had away of walking into dispatch and just looking around, he could see who needed a word or a hand on your shoulder. He was a big man, but never needed his size to get his point across! I pray for his family, and all who knew him! RIP

  • Sandy, we’ve never met but I want you to know that Connie and I send our love to you and the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you today . Captain Jim Barnett was respected by those who knew him and those who worked under his command He served the Plantation Police Department and the community with pride. He will be missed and remembered by all.
    RIP Captain Jim Barnett

  • Sandy,
    We will miss Jim and our prayers are with you and family. I will always remember Jim as the guy who wrote a police report that made me get out the dictionary to check his work at the end of the shift. He always used some words I had to look up, which improved my vocabulary. Jim was a great and warm hearted guy and everyone who knew him would agree . I am sure Jim has gone to a better place .

  • My sincere condolences to the Barnett family. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God’s promise to soon “swallow up death forever” and “wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25;8) While grief at the loss of Jim is great, joy at welcoming him back in the earthly resurrection will be greater. (Mark 5;42) With deepest sympathy,

    R.I.P. CAPT


  • I am saddened at the loss of “Barnett”.
    He was my brother in law; married to his 5th wife, my dear sister Janie Severino Barnett who preceded him.
    I hope you find peace in your memories; and always have his love in your heart.

  • To one of the greatest men i knew, Captain James has been my father in law the past 8 years, over the past 8 years I’ve come to know a man that is very straight forward and true to his word , but even more so he is a gentle giant, the love he has for his family is incredible, the way a 7 year old little girl can turn this huge 6 foot 2 man into such a softy and watch her take her grandpa’s hand and led him around and to watch him do anything it takes to make his little granddaughter happy, or if he’s at his grandson’s football game and someone has a bad call or a hard hit on his grandson how he gets upset and then to watch the pride he has when colin would do something special on the field, or if he is talking to Alli about her school or looking at pictures she drew how proud he was of her, lol and how we talked about his granddaughters first boyfriends and how we felt sorry for them, Capt was always there for me, for his family and we will miss him deeply, he was one of the best, I love you Capt. Thank you for being my father in law.