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Barry Barnes

Des Moines, IA

Barry O. Barnes was born March 8, 1925 in Des Moines. He died on October 8, 2014 at his home in Des Moines. He was educated in Des Moines schools, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1943, where he was a scholar but also enjoyed playing football. After graduation he joined the Army, serving for three years as a radio operator with an armored division, moving across France, Germany and Austria.

After WWII, Barry entered Iowa State University, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1951. He loved veterinary medicine and believed he and his classmates practiced in the best era of the profession. He practiced for nine years in Milford, IA and twenty five years in Ottumwa, IA.

In addition to operating his animal hospital, Barry enjoyed serving others in many ways. He traveled to Belize, an underdeveloped country, to improve animal husbandry through Heifer Project International. He was then selected to serve on Heifer International's National Board of Directors. Closer to home, Barry was involved in establishing Ottumwa's Hospice of Wapello County, where he was a patient volunteer and a member of the Board of Directors. In Ottumwa he also helped found the Fascination Station, a children's science museum.

After retirement, Barry helped organize the building of a home in Tunica, MS under the auspices of Habitat for Humanity. There his carpentry skills served well. Finally, as a founding member of Phoenix United Church of Christ, he was deeply involved in the ecumenical religious community in Ottumwa, where he was very active in the Lord's Cupboard and the Fellowship of Churches.

Barry and Carol Wood were married in 1952 in Des Moines. She survives, as do three daughters: Lynn Isvik, Julie Barnes, and Ann Clime (Steve), a son Jack (Deb), four granddaughters, two great-grandsons, and a sister, Beverly Rinker. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Stewart and Walter.

Believing in hands-on learning, Barry chose his last gift to be a "silent professor" as a body donor to Des Moines University. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity, or a Hospice of the donor's choice.