Daniel Barnes

Daniel Barnes

Thursday, January 17th, 1946 - Monday, August 31st, 2020
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On Monday, August 31, 2020, Daniel Barnes, passed away at age 74. Dan was born on January 17, 1946 in Jackson, Michigan. He joined the Navy during Vietnam and proudly served as a corpsman from 1964-1968. After his service he started a lifelong career with the US Postal Service where he retired in 2002.

While working for the post office he met the love of his life, Lynn (Herwarth) Barnes. Dan lit up every time she walked into the room and often remarked at how well she took care of him. Whether it was making sure he always had a stockpile of M&M's or making his plate for meals, she loved making sure he was taken care of. They celebrated 42 years of marriage on Friday, August 28, 2020 still very much in love; he was her best friend and her sweetheart. On the evening before his passing he turned to Lynn to tell her he had the "best day ever".
There were only two things that would keep Dan from his afternoon naps; fishing and golf. He enjoyed traveling to different golf courses around Michigan with Lynn and played on several different leagues. He liked fishing for bass on any lake, but especially at their cabin on Blossom Lake, where many memories were made.

Dan was the "hold the flashlight" and "be careful" dad. He made sure to teach his kids how to take care of themselves no matter the task. He trusted their skills but was always sure to remind them to call if they needed him; and he showed up. He was proud of them no matter what and made sure everyone knew when saying "that's my girl" or "that's my boy". He had special relationships with each of his kids which somehow made all of them feel like the favorite. He was the dad who could always make a good joke and offer a listening ear. Dan always loved when his kids would come to visit.

While his kids were his pride, his grandkids were his joy. Affectionately known as the chocolate chip cookie monster, Dan was the best grandpa. He tried not to miss a concert, play, or sporting event. He created memories to last a lifetime with each grandkid and was sure they had a unique and special relationship with him. They all got their goofiness from grandpa, and they shared the best laughs being silly together.
Dan is survived by his wife, Lynn Barnes; son, Derek Barnes; daughters, Elizabeth Barnes, Veronica White, and Tracie (Marty) Howard; grandchildren, Brenden Barnes, Haley Barnes, Spencer White, Trenton Young, and Robbie Howard; great-grandsons, Reed and Aiden Young; brothers, Kurt Barnes, Mike Barnes, Frank Barnes; sister Carol Mackenzie and one grand cat, Maggie. Preceding him in death are his parents, Franklin and Betty Barnes; mother-in-law, Ellen Herwarth; beloved fishing buddy and grandson, Nicklas Barnes.

A graveside service will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, cards of condolence would be appreciated.
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    Friday, September 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, September 4th, 2020 11:00am
    Fort Custer National Cemetery
    15501 W. Dickman Rd
    AUGUSTA, MI 49012
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Carol Heff

Posted at 09:28am
Lynn, My heart breaks for your loss. I just learned of Dan going to glory. I’m sorry I missed attending his service. He introduced me to you last year at the Springfield reunion. Sorry this Covid pandemic canceled our big gathering in June. Dan & Kurt we’re both great guys in school. Loved their smiles, joking & friendliness. Would occasionally see Dan at the counter when I’d go buy stamps. You had a treasure! Condolences to your family. Cherish the memories. Carol Wilson Heffernan

Gayle Wright

Posted at 05:26pm
My condolences to your family. I believe Dan was my classmate at Springfield High School, graduating in 1964. At a time when it is convenient could a member of your family verify this for me as we do keep records of the status of our classmates. Thank you so much and again, so sorry for your loss.
Gayle Tatroe Wright

Gayle Posted at 03:04pm

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Doc, Scud, Motor, Flounder, Garth, VH, Sigmund, Ne

Posted at 02:19pm
Derek - The Brothers are thinking about you and you and love you like crazy. So sorry for your loss. Sail on sailor... Phi Alpha
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Frida Herwarth Miles

Posted at 09:02pm
Lynn & Family
It is true, our loved ones never really leave us. They live on in our memories of the kindnesses they showed, the examples they set for others and the love they shared. All who knew Dan have those wonderful memories of him. He did a great job of putting up with the Herwarth family - he was a good man!
Heartfelt sympathies, Aunt Frida Herwarth Miles

Natalie Tramel

Posted at 07:49pm
Dan was such a fun guy to work with and just a good friend. The memories of golfing in our post office outings were so much fun. So many memories of softball teams and bowling and we all just had fun outside of work. Dan also talked about his family often and so loved Lynn and playing pranks. He was a great man to work with a d a good friend. My heart goes out to Lynn whom is so wonderful and your entire family. It was an honor to know Dan.

Natalie Tramel


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