EUREKA — Ralph W. Barnes, 77, of Eureka, formerly of Goodfield, passed from this life into the presence of his Lord and Savior at 5:15 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 18, 2015) at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born Feb. 23, 1937, in Farmington, to Russell and Louise Lockwood Barnes. He married Rozanna McGinnis on Nov. 15, 1958, at New Castle Bible Church in Deer Creek. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Tim (Lizz) Barnes, Peoria; Gary (Cathy) Barnes, El Paso; John (Becky) Barnes, Gridley; Becky (Dan) Fowler, Morton; Craig “Randy” (Beth) Barnes, Eureka; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Henderson, McAlpin, Fla.; and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Phyllis DeLong.
Ralph and his two sisters were taken into the home of their great-uncle and great-aunt, Frank and Alta Benner, who loved and raised them as their own and introduced them to Jesus Christ.
Ralph graduated from Farmington High School in 1956 and retired from Keystone Steel and Wire in 1988 after 40 years of service.
He was a charter member of Liberty Bible Church in Eureka, where he faithfully served for many years as a Sunday school teacher, an elder and chairman of the missions committee.
A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Liberty Bible Church in Eureka. The Rev. Tom Zobrist will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church and also from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is handling arrangements for the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Bible Church Missions, Camp of Champions USA (COCUSA) Scholarship Fund, West Texas Gospel Ministries to Children or International Association for Refugees (IAFR). Condolences may be sent to the family at www.argoruestmanharris.com.