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Gene M. Barnes, 83, Willoughby, OH
Services for Gene M. Barnes, 83, a lifelong Willoughby resident, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, 4154 Clark Ave., Willoughby.
Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the funeral home.
Mr. Barnes passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at his home following a long illness, surrounded by his family.
He was born June 14, 1927, in Willoughby.
Gene attended the former Castle Heights Military Academy and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served during World War II, and returned to Willoughby, where he was an honorary member of the class of 1945 at Willoughby Union High School. He continued his service in the Marine Corps reserves, and was called back to active duty during the Korean Conflict. He completed his military duty and was discharged in September, 1952.
With his father, Allen, he started A.D. Barnes builders in Willoughby in 1948, and was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals by former Mayor Gar Pierce. In his career, he built more than 30 homes in Willoughby and, in the early 1970s, he joined the Willoughby Building Department and became chief building inspector in 1980, retiring in 1992. He was well known as a public servant who was never too busy to stop and help anyone who needed him.
He was a member of Willoughby Lodge 302 Free and Accepted Masons, where he was recently awarded his 40-year membership pin. He was a member of the Col. Justice M. Chambers Detachment 555 United States Marine Corps League in Mentor. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending time on his sailboat.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janet A. (Bonness) Barnes; sons, Stan (Kathy) Barnes of Mentor, Ed (Susan) Barnes of St. Paul, Minn. and Robb Barnes of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Michael, Jason (Jenny), Shawn, Matthew (Carla) and Alex; and great-grandchildren, Sidney, Jacob, Riley and Lucy.
His parents, Allen D. and Una (McMurray) Barnes and brother, Lee A. Barnes, are deceased.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to Senior Independence Hospice, 38721 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094 or Heart of Willoughby Committee, 12 Public Square, Ste. 116, Willoughby, OH 44094.
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