Merrill Junior Barnhart
Merrill Junior Barnhart, age 77, of Shelby, died Friday, December 26, 2008, at Med Central Shelby Hospital following a brief illness surrounded by his loving family.
Junior was born March 14, 1931 in Shelby, the son of the late Merrill C. and Myrtle (Molder) Barnhart. He was an U.S. Army Veteran serving in Korea. Junior was employed for 15 years at Bing’s Furniture and retired from Copperweld in Shelby after 30 years of service. He was a charter member of The Cloverleaf Square Dance Club, a member of Shelby American Legion O’Brien Post 326, and the Ganges Community Church. He enjoyed working on and collecting clocks and watches.
Junior had a wonderful sense of humor and a kind and loving heart. He was a loving husband, devoted father, and a loyal friend.
On August 17, 1955 he married Barbara (Curtis) Barnhart to whom he was happily married to for 53 years. Also surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Randy Waddles of Shelby; seven grandchildren, Sarah Waddles, of Shelby, Rochelle and Mike Nelson, of Lexington, Rachael Barnhart, of South Carolina, and Brian, Skyler, Ashley, and Ethan Barnhart, all of Lucas; five great grandchildren, Sarah, Chaise, Lillian, Chloe, and Kane Nelson; 3 sisters and a brother-in-law, Rhea Belle Hartman and Bonnie Ginter, both of Shelby, and Ardelle and Floyd Rietveld, of Dayton; a brother and 2 sisters-in-law, Thomas and Verda Barnhart, of Iron River, MI, and Mildred Barnhart, of Shelby; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William J. Bill Barnhart, 3 brothers, Henry, John, and Jerry Barnhart, and a sister, Loella Weddell.
Friends may call on Sunday, December 28, 2008, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home,
168 West Main Street, Shelby , where funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 AM by Rev. O. Douglas Tackett, pastor of Taylortown Community Church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
The family would appreciate on-line condolences at: penwellturner.com