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Gerald (Jerry) Barnes
June 21, 1939 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Gerald "Jerry" Barnes, 84. He was born June 21, 1939, in Superior, Arizona, and passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 11, 2024, surrounded with the love of his family and friends.
Jerry Served in the Army and was a member of the 101st Airborne Division - Screaming Eagles where he was a rifle sharpshooter. After serving in the military Jerry owned and operated several businesses across the US including All American Fence Company in Muncie, IN.
Jerry loved adventure!! He had a passion for traveling and loved spending time-making memories at various festivals with his family. He possessed his personal pilot's license and owned several airplanes throughout the years.
He had a love for the holidays that was infectious, and he always wanted to ensure he made holidays just as special for those he loved and cared about. Specially, the time spent together, but also the gift giving, hiding and finding of eggs and even dressing up as the Easter bunny - those are memories created that will last forever in our hearts and minds.
When Jerry walked into a room, he commanded attention. His charisma, bright smile, and inviting eyes captured those he met and surrounded them with conviction and faith in his intentions. People were drawn to him and knew that he was a man of his word.
Jerry was a restaurant connoisseur and loved cooking - whether on the grill or in the kitchen. He knew what he liked, and how he liked it! He wouldn't settle for anything less, and he wasn't afraid to let you know that!! He also loved to share his passion for food with those he cared for - whether it was taking them to experience fine dining, grilling out with family and friends, or providing a warm meal during an ice storm. He didn't mind being on the receiving end either - Daisha's Chicken and Noodles were always a welcomed treat.
Jerry had a personality that exuberated kindness and giving that resonated with everyone he encountered. He was very passionate about making his family happy and ensuring he was helping others in any way he could - always asking "What can we do to help?" anytime he felt someone was in need.
He was an avid reader, often reading a book a day, and enjoyed listening to music.
One of his greatest joys was spending time with the love of his life Judy "Jude" as he would often call her. He showered her with love and dedication and together they found true happiness. Their unfaltering commitment to one another was undeniable and leaves a legacy that resonates affection, tenderness, and unconditional devotion.
Survivors left to honor and cherish his memory include his wife, Judith Barnes; 6 children - Vicki Harris (Kary), Tracy Dailey (Brad), Cathy Kiesler (Shane), Richard Barnes (Angie), Cheryl Carter (John), and Richard "Curtis" Cope (fiancé Korienne); 24 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren as well as his fur baby "Bruno" and his best friend and "bonus son" David Curtis. He is preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Kaylee Barnes, grandson Joshua "Bo" Bennett, and his great-grandson "Superman."
Services will be held at Parson Mortuary on Saturday, January 20, 2024, calling hours are from 12:00 p.m. until the service time at 1:00 p.m.