Harry F. Barnes


Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2006


  Harry F. Barnes

Harry F. Barnes

Longtime Kenai resident Harry F. Barnes died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 82.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at VFW Post No. 10046, 134 Birch St. in Soldotna.

Mr. Barnes was born in Santa Monica, Calif., on July 14, 1924. He was a World War II veteran and served in the Pacific Theater. He brought his family to Alaska in 1954, during territorial days, living in the Douglas area until 1960, at which time they returned to California.

Harry returned with his family to Alaska in 1968 to work as the welding supervisor for the new Collier Carbon and Chemical Fertilizer Plant in Nikiski, now Agrium.

“He demonstrated great ability and could always be relied upon to come through with a solution to even the most difficult repair problem. When Harry retired in 1978 he began a welding school training many welders who have gone on to work throughout Alaska,” his family said.

“Harry loved life and always seemed to be full of energy and excitement about accomplishing another new idea or project. He enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting in the Alaska outdoors. He also pursued many varied hobbies, including racing cars and motorcycles, riding snowmachines, flying airplanes, operating ham radios and computer and building and flying radio control airplanes. Throughout his life, Harry owned and operated many different businesses, including a gun shop, a hobby shop and a motorcycle shop.

“Harry loved people and was very active in many fraternal organizations, including the Elks, VFW and was instrumental in establishing the Kenai Eagles Lodge. He loved his pets and always had a favorite dog and cat around. Harry was a friend to many people and will be missed.”

Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by his wife, Nadine Banes; and sons, Jonnie and Gary Barnes.

He is survived by his brother, Richard Barnes; sister, Lois Thorne; daughters, Nancy Haney, Debbie Anderson, Kimberly Najera, Connie Vitale, Carol Knoph and Jennie Pena; sons, Randy Barnes and Larry Knaak; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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