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Dena I (Neher) & Ray Barnes
Ramona Cemetery
Washington County, Oklahoma

© Dennis Wilson

Obit for Ray posted by Ann Weber
Dec 22, 1927 - Feb 19, 2016

BARTLESVILLE EXAMINER-ENTERPRISE
BARTLESVILLE, WASHINGTON CO, OK
(permission granted)

Ray Barnes, age 88 and longtime resident of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, went to be with his wife in heaven on February 19, 2016.

Ray was the youngest of six children, born in Ramona, Oklahoma, on December 22, 1927. He attended school in Ramona and Chilocco Indian School. He joined the Merchant Marines at age 16, then served in the Army. Afterwards, he returned to Ramona and married Dena Neher. They resided in Bartlesville, where he attended Bartlesville Business College and began his 35-year career with Phillips Petroleum Company.
Ray and Dena moved to Ochelata in 1950, where they lived for 12 years, during which time he served on the board of education and became an active member of the Methodist Church. Ray also spent considerable time gardening. Ray was well known for growing sweet corn and having a green thumb.
Ray built a home in Bartlesville where he moved his family in 1962 and where he lived the rest of his life. Ray was active in coaching his son's baseball teams and became an active member of East Cross Methodist Church. Ray was a member of Bartlesville Masonic Lodge No. 284. He was a very active supporter of the American Legion baseball program. In his later years, Ray continued to be an avid reader, sports enthusiast and was very interested in national politics. Ray was well respected and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings and his wife of 62 years, Dena.

He is survived by his older brother Howard Barnes of Ochelata, daughter Karen Wilson and husband, Bobby; son Allan Barnes and wife, Karen; son Terry Barnes; and daughter Carole Henry and husband, Clarence. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ray's memorial service will be held at Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, February 22 at 11 am. A private family interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established and those who wish may send their contributions to the Delaware Tribe of Indians Education Scholarship Fund, 5100 East Tuxedo Blvd., Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74006.

Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org. Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory
1600 Southeast Washington Boulevard
Bartlesville, OK 74006
(918) 333-4300

Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 21 to Mar. 20, 2016
See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/examiner-enterprise/obituary.aspx?n=ray-barnes&pid=177776755#sthash.YChjzEFz.dpuf

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