Barney Barnes

Barney Al Barnes, 80, of Belleville, IL, born Sunday, December 14, 1930, in Carrolton, IL, died Thursday, June 16, 2011 at his residence in Belleville, IL.

Barney was a 1948 graduate of East St. Louis High School, he received his bachelors degree from McKendree College (University) and masters degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After graduation from McKendree, he worked in the research department of Intercoastal Paint Company. During the Korean Conflict, he served two years in the United States Army. Returning from the army, he worked for 25 years in the research departments at Ralston Purina and Glidden Paint Companies. Later, he taught chemistry at New Athens High School for 20 years.

He was a 50 year member of Gothic Lodge #852 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies and Ainad Shrine. He was a life member and Drum Major of Ainad Drum and Bugle Corp and Brass Band, Past President of the Belleville Shrine Club, Past Director in 1994 of Southern IL Court 86 ROJ and Elks Lodge #604.

He enjoyed running and was a member of several running clubs. Also, he enjoyed lap swimming with the 5:30 a.m. group at the Belleville East YMCA.. .

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: Jesse and Madge, nee Dean Barnes

Surviving are his:

  • Wife of 54 years: Joan nee Weber, Barnes of Belleville, IL
  • Sons
    • Terry (Dawn) Barnes of Swansea, IL
    • Richard (Jilianne) Barnes of Clayton, MO
  • Sister: Susanne (Bert) Wilson of Canton, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Michael and Elizabeth Barnes of Swansea, IL
    • Summer, Sydney and Richard Barnes of Clayton, MO

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for children, St. George Episcopal Church or Hospice of Southern IL.

Visitation: Friends may call from 10:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2011 with a 10:13 am ROJ walk through at St. George's Episcopal Church in Belleville.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2011 at St. George Episcopal, with Father Dale Coleman officiating. His cremated remains will be placed in the Memorial Gardens at St. George Episcopal Church.

Condolences left for Barney Barnes:



    My condolences to Mr Barnes's family and friends. A student of his at New Athens High School, could always count on him for smile and an interesting class. He was always so full of energy while marching with the Shriners and nice to see him leading them down the street. What a great loss, again, my sympathies to you all.

    Mary Dudeck Haislip Union Missouri 63084

    Rick @ Jillanne, so sorry to hear of your loss.

    Jack Mondy Columbia Illinois 62236

    Mr. Barnes was my teacher too and always had a great smile and a sweet soul. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Melissa Kaegel Lebanon IL 62254

    Terry and Dawn, Jim and I were sorry to read of the death of your Father. Our deepest sympathy.

    Jim and Judy Wehrheim

    Jim & Judy Wehrheim Swansea Il 62226

    "May angels surround him, and saints welcome him in peace..."
    Joan, so sorry to hear about Barney. He was such a nice man. See you at St. George's.

    Craig Jesenick Swansea IL 62226

    So sorry to hear of this loss. Mr. Barnes was my teacher at New Athens back in the late 80's/early 90's. Its times like this that we should celebrate his life and the lives he has affected. I am one of those that he, unknowingly, affected in a positive way. I have used phrases from Mr. Barnes over the years and found myself wondering if he knew how much influence he had on us "troublemakers". Many times he told me "One of these days the gypsies are gonna come and take me" and the Lord only knows how many times I had to "write a hundred" for him. Thank you Mrs. Barnes and family for sharing "Barney" with so many of us. He will be deeply missed and will forever shine on through all of his students. God speed Mr. Barnes and we will see you again.


    Roy Morris Holloman AFB New Mexico 88330

    Joan and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I always enjoyed visiting with Barney.
    Steve Jackson

    Steve & Mary Jackson Freeburg IL 62243