Malcolm 'Barney''s Story
Malcolm "Barney" Dale Barnes passed away Dec. 30, 2016, after a brief battle with severe pneumonia.
Malcolm was born April 11, 1939, in Anderson, the son of Chester Bryan Barnes and Georgia Grace Decker.
Barney graduated from Highland High School in Anderson in 1957. He married the "love of his life," Linda Kay (Wools), on July 2, 1960. His leisure time was spent as a mason, avid woodcarver, bird watcher and gardener.
He was a sports enthusiast and a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed music and performing for others. He played mulitple instruments including the guitar, violin, and banjo. He was a dog whisperer and his many dogs loved him, including his most recent four-legged friend, Blake.
He retired from General motors after 40 years of service.
Barney had an excellent sense of humor and always had a witty remark or observation about life. This love of laughter and seeing the humorous side of things lives on through his offspring. He was a "tough old bird" and no one was going to tell him he couldn't wear his bib overalls to any occasion. He would want you to remember to "grow a beard" when you are acting like a sissy and "too much bathin' weakens you" when you were being high maintenance. If you were wondering how two people wind up together he might have lamented that
there is a lid for every pot" to remind you how life works. If you really knew Malcolm Dale Barnes then you are well aware that the examples used here are on the mild side. We thought it would be best to keep it PG-13. He was one of a kind, fanastic and the best kind of man. We love him very much!
He is survived by his wife, Linda Kay (Wools) Barnes; four children, Kimberly Anne (Ritch) Blake, Amy Beth (David) Cherry, James Matthew Barnes and Chrissie Irene (Kent) Saunders. He leaves 12 grandchildren, Jill Willmann, Bethany (Andrew) Quinn, Kaylin Bond, Joshua Cherry, Jacob Cherry, Megan (Hunter) Edwards, Emily Cherry, Kelcey Saunders, Amanda Barnes, Kendra Saunders, Matthew Barnes, Khloe Saunders; and three great-grandchildren, Eli May, Benjamin May and Ava Edwards. He is survived by his sister, Carol Carr; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Marjorie Barnes; and brother and sister-in-law, Chester Wayne and Dorothy Barnes; and infant brother, Francis Cammon Barnes.
A private memorial celebration will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made in Malcolm's honor to the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson, IN 46016.
Published on January 3, 2017