Claude Roswell Barnes passed away March 16, 2018. He was the oldest of four children, born to Oletha Viola and George Barnes on December 13, 1936 in Randolph, Missouri. On January 8th, 1956, Claude married Phyllis Jean Brown almost immediately after graduating from North Kansas City High School.
In 1993, after 38 years, Claude retired from the Union Pacific Railroad. He and Phyllis bought an RV and traveled about the country. They proudly declared themselves “snow birds” – working winters at Disney World, Florida and spending summers on the road. Together, they visited all 50 states and Washington DC. They drove to Canada and south through Mexico. Having conquered North America, they visited and drove through Europe – Germany, England, Italy, France and Switzerland.
Claude is preceded in death by his brother, James (Jim) Henry Barnes, and his grandson, Justin Carl Barnes.
He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Phyllis Barnes of Bedford, TX; his six children: three sons, Kent, Mark and Carl Barnes, all of Lee’s Summit, MO; his daughter and son-in-law, Sona and Bruce Harbrucker of Saddlebrooke, MO; his daughter, Rona Ryan of Euless, TX; and his daughter Dawn Barnes of North Richland Hills, TX. In addition, he leaves behind 11 living grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren with one on the way; and 2 great, great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with inurnment in the Brown Cemetery near Oak Grove, Missouri following the service.
The family received friends Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the funeral home.