John W. Barnes

July 13, 1940 ‒ August 30, 2011

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD- John Barnes found his peaceful retreat each and every time he walked the woods in search of deer, turkey and other small game. Surrounded by the beauty of nature and the quiet silence of “the hunt” John always maintained a mutual respect for nature. Sharing those same qualities in everyday life John was fair and honest, often saying “just do the right thing”.

John W. Barnes, 71, of Mansfield passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.

John was born July 13, 1940 in Mansfield the son of Wilson and Josephine (Mayberry) Barnes and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1958. John continued his education at Kent State University earning a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

On June 24, 1976 he married Gloria Leach, the two enjoyed 35 years together.

John began his career as an insurance salesman and then worked as Materials Manager for White Westinghouse. He then relocated to Muskegon, Michigan working as Production Manager for Brunswick. Later John returned to Mansfield to take over his fathers company, Richland Blueprint.

Although a “businessman” John loved the outdoors, especially hunting. Hunting just about year around, in September he’d hunt squirrel, autumn deer, and spring turkey. John even processed his game, and in the fall would prepare delicious feast of venison, dove and pheasant for friends and family.

John enjoyed expressing his views on politics and looked forward to breakfast with his friends at Coney Island.

He loved life and enjoyed a good laugh. Calm and relaxed, John’s friendly personality was evident in many ways most notably his one of a kind whistle.

John is survived by his loving wife Gloria (Leach) Barnes of Mansfield; daughter Rae Lynn Mannor of Mansfield, daughter Kathy (Jeff) Wesley of Dexter, Michigan, son Richard (Melissa) Barnes of Muskegon, Michigan; seven grandchildren Jared, Ryan, and Samantha Wesley, Paige and Steven Barnes, Shawn (Nicole) McLaren and Anthony Mannor; two great grandchildren Lilliana and Kaleigh McLaren; and brother-in-law Tom Romanin of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Kay Romanin.

A memorial service celebrating the life of John W. Barnes will be held Saturday September 3, 2011 at 11am in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the family will receive friends the hour prior from 10-11am.

Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association may be made at the funeral home.