Funeral services were held on Feb. 11 at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, with Pastor Tom Lewis officiating. Interment was in the Marcus-Amherst Cemetery in Marcus. Military rites were provided by the F.I. Goodburn Post #517 of Marcus. The Earnest-Johnson-Rohde Funeral Home in Marcus was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Donald Eugene Barnes was born on March 29, 1932, near Marcus, to Mabel Edna (Smith) and Vern Ferris Barnes. His early education was at the rural country schools and in 1949 he graduated from Marcus High School.
Donald was inducted into the United States Army on Jan. 6, 1953, and served his country during the Korean War. Radio operator coding was his primary duty while in the service. Don was honorably and formally discharged from his military duties on Dec. 15, 1954.
Upon his return from the Army, Don enrolled in electrician classes at Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill. He certified his education in July of 1956, and soon went to work for Southern California Edison Company in California. He was employed for this company for 32 years. Due to ill health, Don retired in 1987.
While in California, Donald met his future wife. On October 31, 1958, Donald was united in marriage to Charlotte Lorraine Eldredge in Las Vegas, Nev. They celebrated their 50th anniversary this past year.
Don was a very disciplined, even-tempered, and conservative man who was always willing to assist anyone he could, in any capacity. It was claimed that "you could set your watch by him."
He treasured traveling with Charlotte, and favored visiting historic places, museums and antique shops. Don also enjoyed dining out, reading, woodcarving, building model planes, birdhouses, clocks and radios. Don was a member of the First Church of Christ in Cherokee.
During Don's entire adult life, his favorite hobby was his involvement with Ham radios. He was an active member of three Ham radio clubs, and in his earlier years, assisted high school boys with attaining their radio licenses and teaching them the code. With his radio skills, Don worked all the states in America and numerous countries with Ham radio and voice and international code. Don graciously assisted many emergency and community services with his knowledge, and loved making various antennas for his radios, attending conventions, and reading the latest magazines.
Preceding Donald in death were his parents, Vern and Mabel Barnes; his sister, Grace Morales and her husband Louie; and his two brothers, Chester and Dean Barnes.
Don is survived by his wife, Charlotte Barnes of Marcus; two sisters, Mary Jo Briggs and Shirlee Nelson and her husband, David, all of Marcus; three sisters-in-law, Lou Barnes of Spencer, Elvera Specht of Cleghorn, and Darlene Tesch of Paullina; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.