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Ralph William Barnes

December 13, 1949 September 7, 2020
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Ralph William Barnes, 71, passed away peacefully Monday, September 7, 2020 at Spectrum Lakeland Health in St. Joseph, MI surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born December 13, 1949, in Lawrence, Michigan to Kenneth Duwayne and Donna Lucinda (Williams) Barnes, who preceded in his death.

Ralph served in the Army and National Guard for 20 years. After he retired from factory work, he and his late wife, Barbara, traveled across the country to campgrounds speaking to children and to the homeless spreading the word of the Lord. He volunteered to help the needy at food banks and was known for giving out Bibles. Ralph enjoyed spending time with his grandson’s Aiden and AJ and attending their many sporting events.

Ralph is survived by two step-children, Bobbie Sue Baltazar and Alex and (Caitlin) Baltazar; one sister, Lucinda (George) Yurisich; four grandchildren, Aiden Baltazar, AJ Nick, James Siler III and Maggie Siler; and several nieces and nephews, also known as “the gang.”

Preceding in death were his parents; wife, Barbara; and three brothers, Kenneth Duwayne Barnes Jr., Darreld Boyd Barnes, and James Siler Jr.

Cremation will take place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements.

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