Barnes, Robert D., Ithaca, Michigan


Passed away January 30, 2015 at his home. Age 67 years. Robert was born September 29, 1947 to Irving and Alice (Moon) Barnes in Alma Michigan. Robert grew up in Gratiot County and graduated from Ithaca High School. Following high school, he worked for General Motors until he was drafted into the Army where he served in Vietnam for two years. After discharge from the Army, he went back to work at GM for a brief time until moving to California with a friend to work at Travis Air Force Base. While living in California he met Janine Lowery whom he married January 30, 1972. Moving back to Michigan, Robert was employed at Wolverine World Wide for 14 years and then for Morbark as a machinist for 22 years until he retired. Robert loved the Detroit Tigers, bluegrass music, and playing Euchre, but above all he loved his family and took great care of his grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing, playing pool, crossword puzzles, and sudoku. He was a member of the Perrinton VFW. Robert is survived by his wife of 43 years Janine; his children Matthew (Tina) Barnes of Ithaca and Jackie (Kevin Taylor) Barnes of Ithaca; his grandchildren Dylan, Devin, Katelynn, Lindsey, and Ashley; sister Levina (Arley) Wright of California; brother Dick (Doris) Barnes of Arizona; sister-in-law Bonnie Barnes; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Irving and Alice; brother Don Barnes; and mother-in-law Violet Lowery. Funeral services for Robert will be held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca with Pastor Tom Whitesel officiating. Visitation will be Monday, February 2, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. www.bardenfuneralhome.com