Raymond Lee Barnes of St. Clair, MO, known to most as Ray, departed this life in Sullivan, MO on July 13, 2015, having reached the age of eighty-four years, ten months and twenty-four days. Raymond was born in St. Clair on August 14, 1930, son of Roy Barnes and Clestia Barnes nee Anderson. On February 4, 1955, he was united in marriage to Mildred Pearl Cordia, known to all as Millie, and two children came to bless this union.
Ray is survived by his wife, Millie Barnes of St. Clair, MO; by his children, Jennifer Park and husband, Jae, of St. Louis, MO and Nathan Barnes and wife, Ashley, of St. Clair; by three grandchildren, Sarah and Amber Park of St. Louis and Brandon Barnes of St. Clair; by two brothers, Gary Barnes of Aledo, IL and Mark Barnes and wife, Linda, of Kansas City, KS; by four sisters, Lois Sheridan of St. Clair, Shirley Chrisman and husband, Donald, of Aledo, IL, Sherry Barnes of Kansas City, KS and Peggy Cox and husband, Vernon, Sr. of Sullivan, MO; by one uncle, Jesse Barnes and wife, Rachel, of Springfield, MO; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Clestia Barnes; by one brother, Hal Barnes, and by his grandparents, Jim and Mary Anderson, who lovingly raised him in the absence of his parents.
Ray was a Christian and life long member of Bethel Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO. He was the oldest male member of the church and very devoted in his service to the church. He was also a past member and Past President of the Bethel Cemetery Board. Raymond was proud to have served his country as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, entering on January 15, 1952 and receiving his honorable discharge on January 8, 1954 and was a member of VFW Post 2482 in St. Clair, MO. During his working career Ray was employed as a truck driver for Shell Oil Company in St. Louis, MO for about sixteen years. After Shell, he was employed by Franklin County Oil Company until he retired. After his retirement, he worked part time as a very valuable employee at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, in St. Clair, MO. Ray was a member of Easter Lodge 575 AF & AM in St. Clair, MO for over fifty years, having been initiated on December 30, 1960, passed on February 17, 1961 and raised on March 18, 1961. He was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 96 of St. Clair, the Scotttish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of St. Louis, and the Shriners International. Ray was instrumental in helping several children get assistance and treatment from the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. Ray was a talented craftsman and when he retired, his first project was building a workshop. Many beautiful cabinets and furniture items were built in his shop, with cedar being one of his favorite woods to work with. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a very special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will never be forgotten.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin, and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating, assisted by Pastor Brad Banderman. Interment with full military honors was in Bethel Cemetery in Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.