James W. Barnett
April 27, 1945 ‒ January 23, 2015
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.
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