Longtime Alaska resident and beloved husband, Ray R. Barnes died suddenly on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Pittsburgh, PA . He was 52 years old. The family will hold a celebration of his life on Tuesday, July 20 at Kenai Landing at 1 p.m.
Ray was born on February 3, 1958 in Browning, Montana to Lucy and Ray Barnes, Sr. He spent his early years in Kalispell, Montana and the rest of his life in Sterling, Alaska.
Ray had spent the last two years as a contractor working for Fortuna and had just started a new chapter in his career working as a Drilling Superintendent for Talisman Energy USA. He built a strong reputation over the years as a hard working, no nonsense team player working for Nabors, Pool Arctic and Brinkerhoff on the North Slope. He knew rigs inside and out and won the admiration and respect of those he worked with. He had a kind and compassionate heart, was very generous and had a sense of humor that will never be duplicated.
His family writes, "Ray was a self made man who had celebrated 19 plus years of sobriety. He was dedicated to his family and friends. He was a hero, our protector, the best husband, the best dad, the best man ever! There was never a dull moment and frequently a surprise, like the time he was featured in the October 2008 issue of GQ Magazine in an article titled, "Empire of Ice".
Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Ray Barnes Sr., and Lucy Nichols, grandparents Marjorie and Shirley Sutton, step-father, Alfred Nichols, aunt, Margaret Omsberg; step-brother Brent Nichols, nephews Chad Gorder and Alfred Willis.
Ray is survived by his wife Lana, children Abby Kennamer; Kyle Barnes; Ray J. Barnes; Kristina Barnes; sister, Rose Willis of Utah; brothers Max Harrison of Montana and Ron Nichols of Kasilof; step-sister Debi Honer of Soldotna; half-sister Cheri Zurnieden Foss of Minnesota; uncle Carl Wert of Idaho; grandchildren Kayla, Fisher, Liddle, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Because Ray had such a fond affection for Harleys, memorials may be made in Ray's name to Kenai Peninsula ABATE " Toys for Tots" PO BOX 1026, Kasilof, AK 99610. Condolences can be sent to PO Box 4313 Soldotna, AK 99669. His final gift is he was an organ/tissue donor.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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