Timothy Lee Barney

September 20, 1958 ‒ December 23, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

Timothy Lee Barney, 59, of Mansfield Ohio passed away on December 23, 2017 at his home.

He was born Sept 20, 1958 in Dayton Ohio and was the son of James and Carol (Humerick) Barney. Tim graduated from Madison High School, served 6 years in the Army before receiving his Associates degree at the Culinary Institute of America and later his Bachelor’s of Arts in Education at Kent State University. He spent much of his years as an executive chef in some of the most esteemed restaurants in New York City and Boston before returning home to Ohio where he and his then wife Mae Lae raised their two children. Tim continued his passion as executive chef in Cleveland, while also advancing his talents as a culinary arts teacher, restaurant owner/entrepreneur as well as a prison ministry disciple. Being an avid reader and lover of traveling, Tim travelled cross country to many sites before landing in Bremerton Seattle to write his novel, Puget Chase. After successfully completing many lifelong dreams, he decided to come back to Ohio to spend time with family in 2013.

Tim is survived by his mother Carol Barney; daughter Kristina (Brian) Lalley; son Caleb (Allison) Barney; with two expectant grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he is preceded by death by his sister Bonnie Mitchell and his brother David Barney.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 2-3 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Tim would love it if you would do a random act of kindness for an unexpected stranger. His generosity and love of life were two of his many great attributes and he would love nothing more than to brighten a person’s day in his honor. As Tim would say ‘Life is Good’.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Tim’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Oh Maggie and Miranda…I am so so sorry for your loss! I will continue to pray every day for you and your family! Please let me know if so can help in any way! Love ya!

  • I knew Tim through my wife Sandy whose mom was Tim’s mom’s sister. We were invited to stay at Tim’s house in Medina in the 80’s and I was so impressed with Tim’s kindness and generosity. A few years ago Tim stayed at our house for a weekend. I just loved listening to his stories, although I was saddened to hear the pain he was living with due to a freak elevator accident that left him permanently disabled.. I had told my wife that Tim would make a great preacher before I ever knew that he had done ministry work. He seemed to me to be a man that had everything, lost everything but still had an amazing empathy for others and their problems. I was extremely impressed with Tim’s dedication to his mother Carol who like my own mother suffers from Alzheimer’s. Tim’s kindness and caring will never be forgotten. That’s for sure.

    • Nicely said, Dennis. He faced diversity by challenging himself and succeeding at it. We grew up across the street from one another and lost contact for many years. FB enabled a reconnection that I am very thankful for. God works in mysterious ways. RIP, dear soul.

  • Grace and Ease for all involved. Random acts of kindness already begun. Holding you all in a loving hug.

  • Blessings to all who knew and loved Timothy Lee Barney. While I did not have the pleasure of knowing him directly, I did have the pleasure of working with his children. How proud he must have been of you both in all of your successes. He must have been one very happy father to see the determination of the two children whose lives he had contributed to so greatly. While his passing is a great sadness, the times you had together are to be celebrated and remembered with great joy.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss, Kristina. I love the random act of kindness in lieu of flowers and will not only do this myself, but also have each of my girls do it as well in memory of your dad. I know the pain is unbearable now, but I hope you can find peace in knowing he will always be with you. Just look around and you will see him in so many things. I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  • Tim certainly lived life! He was a robust spirit with a kind heart. He will be genuinely missed! I pray that Gods almighty Holy Spirit will bring you comfort during your time of grief. May your memories of your son, husband, father be good ones! Blessings, Jean Cormany

  • So sorry for your loss! It is never easy on those left behind. Remember his laugh his smile and all the love he gave you. Those truly are the gifts he gave you. You all will be in my thoughts.

  • Just want to send my condolences to tims family, he was my teacher at the jvs. HE inspired me to be the chef I am today. I was lucky enough to connect with him after graduation and go riding motor cycles with him and playing cards with him and his wife in medina. Such a giving and helpful soul. TIM you will be truly missed

  • I used to work with Tim when he lived in Sidney, MT he is one hell of a friend and guy, he will be missed by many and hated by no one God rest your soul till I see you again in heaven rest in peace my friend

    Leslie Lunstad

  • Big hugs and prayers. I am deeply saddened by Tim’s passing. He was a great man, good friend, excellent teacher and had a wonderful sense of humor. He shall be missed.

  • Tim and I were classmates and friends at the CIA. After graduation, we both lived in the same building in Boston. I was there when Mae Lae came home from the hospital with Kristina. We go back many years with many good memories. I t has been a true pleasure knowing him and reconnecting with him recently. I also just read his book. My sincere condolences to Mae Lae and the rest of the family. God bless you all during this difficult time.

    Andrew Comey

  • My condolences to the family Tim was a special person and now he is at a special place. Ad my family and I were able to stop by this summer and visit. We all will miss him.

  • Loved Tim from the start. So honest, so impassioned, an offered life. He’d be the first to acknowledge that none of us is perfect and each of us is dearly, eternally, endlessly beloved of God. Maybe that’s why he had such a generous heart for years of ministry with people in prison.
    His call to ministry, with which he wrestled and restlessly argued, was so clearly apparent. Maybe his restless dance with it was due to his vision of discipleship that cant be contained in our current forms and institutions. Beautiful family, he loved and loves you so! I am grateful to have known each of you. May your best memories bring comfort as you miss him.

  • I am so sorry for your loss, Tim and my husband were best friends while they were stationed at Ft Gordon, Tim introduce Tee and I. We had so many good times together. Over the years we lost touch, in 2006 Tee became ill, he was diagnosed with ALS. He spent a lot of time on the computer and would search for Tim wanting to reconnect. Tee lost his fight in 2008. In 2013, I couldn’t believe it, but I found Tim on Facebook! We would talk on the phone over and over again, tried to make plans to get together, I wanted him to meet Tees boy’s and tell them story’s about their dad. I just pray that Tee and Tim have finally got to reconnect in heaven and having a great time together! I love you Tim Barney! You and Tee take care of each other!

  • When I use to be a culinary arts student Tim was one of my favorites Teacher that tough us how to Run a Restaurant and Mangers one . When the kitchen got hot either get out of the kitchen or stay with it. We all learn how to become better cooks for our families and friends. We appreciate everything that we learn and we still use the skills that Tim Barney tough our days and lifestyle .Tim will be miss from Family and friends students may he rest in peace in heaven.