George Barnes, 88

George Richard Barnes, 88, of Wabash, died at 8:45 a.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, at Wellbrooke of Wabash. 

He was born Jan. 5, 1931, in Huntington County, to Raymond and Agnes (Fansler) Barnes.

George was a 1948 graduate of Banquo High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict, a purple heart recipient, and also served in the National Guard. He married Rosemary Marshall in Goshen, on Sept. 11, 1953.

George worked in welder maintenance, 30 years at General Motors in Marion, and also farmed. He was a former member of the Banquo Christian Church, and attended Grace Community Church in Marion. He was formerly the President of the LaFontaine Veterans Association, was a member of the Van Buren American Legion, the Wabash VFW Post 286, the NRA, and was a lifetime member of the Purple Heart Association. 

George enjoyed woodworking, working with metal, and especially enjoyed farming. He was also instrumental in establishing the Veterans Memorial at the LaFontaine Community Center in LaFontaine, Indiana.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Barnes of Wabash; four children, Cynthia "Cindy" Rose (Jim) Dennison of Wabash, Dean Richard (Melissa) Barnes of Carmel, Rex Allen (Connie) Barnes of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Lisa Kay Bauer of Homosassa, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Michael (Terri) Dennison of Wabash, Ryan Dennison of Marion, Jared Dennison of San Diego, California, Clayton (Mandy) Ellet of Wabash, Randie (Traves) Bonwell of Carmel, Jeremy Barnes of Fishers, and Justin (Mitch) Barnes of McComb, Ill., six great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Joshua Barnes, two sisters, Alice Marie Cross and Rosemary Walton, and two brothers, Willard and Jim  Barnes.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Mark Hummell officiating.  Burial will be in LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Thursday, and 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is St. Jude Hosptial for Children.

The memorial guest book for George may be signed at

Posted on 2019 May 07