Lester P. Barnes / Dec. 26, 1919-March 21, 2010Published 8:50am Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Lester’s life began on Dec. 26, 1919, in Dowagiac, the son of Oral and Ruth (Byers) Barnes.
Les was a 1940 graduate of Dowagiac Central High School.
He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
Les was united in marriage to the former Jean Spivey on June 21, 1941, in Goshen, Ind.
Les owned the Sherwin Williams Paint Store on Front Street in Dowagiac for 25 years.
He served on the Dowagiac Volunteer Fire Department for 41 years.
Les was a life member of Dowagiac Conservation Club, Peninsular Lodge 10 of the Free and Accepted Masons, Royal Order Arch Masons 36, the Low 12 Club, life member of the Order of the Eastern Star and former president of the Dowagiac Exchange Club.
His greatest joy was his family, which includes: his sons, Robert P. Barnes of Kalamazoo, David J. Barnes of Gambrills, Md., and Mark Barnes of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Wallace of South Bend, Ind., and Nancy Corwin of Dowagiac.
Lester passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
He is preceded in death by his wife Jean in 2007.
His family will gather with friends on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Yazel and Clark Chapel, where his funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. led by his son, Deacon David Barnes.
He will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery with Marine Corps honors following the service.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Cass County Council on Aging.
Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Lester at www.yazel-clark.com.