Charles Roger BARNES Age 70 passed away on February 7, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. After struggling with cancer, he peacefully went home to the Lord.
Chuck was born in 1942 in National City, California, to Lyle and Lorraine Barnes. A gifted student and athlete with great strength and determination, Chuck grew up in California. He attended Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster until the middle of his Senior year and later graduated from Santa Maria High and Alan Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria. He later graduated from Washington State University, where he toiled on the defensive and offensive lines for his beloved Cougs. There he met the love of his life, Sandy O’Neill. They married in 1965.
Chuck personified a deep love of country, integrity and generosity while serving as an Air Force F-4 Phantom pilot in Viet Nam. He received numerous awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He spent his working career as a Special Agent with the FBI earning multiple Letters of Commendation. He and Sandy traveled the country with The Bureau, raising their three children, and making lasting friendships at every stop. His final assignment was Seattle where they reunited with an extensive group of friends and family.
He was a talented gardener and hybridizer and enjoyed cultivating prized rhododendrons. Chuck had amazing plant collections that he nurtured with great care and pleasure, shared with friends, and donated to charitable causes. After retirement, the joys of building his 1949 F1 Ford pickup, taking cross country trips with Sandy, joining fellow members of the Dipstick Hot Rod Club, catching up with Cougar teammates, his Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brothers and numerous friends, and savoring time in their Arizona home was surpassed only by his devotion to family. To Chuck, nothing was more important than family.
Chuck’s final weeks were spent with children and grandchildren who provided great joy and comfort. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; children, Kathleen Hull (Ben), Lori Evans (David), Chad (Kristi) and 11 adoring grandchildren, Keegan Hull, Brenna Hull, Stephan Hull, Austin Hull, Alanya Hull, Clara Hull, Nathan Hull, Sam Evans, Charlie Evans, Charlotte Barnes and Pete Barnes. He is also survived by his brother, Dick; Sandy’s parents, Pat and Ruth O’Neill and a large extended family. We will miss you Chuck.
All Friends and family are welcome for graveside services on Friday, February 15, at 10:30, at the Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent WA. A memorial lunch at High Cedars Golf Club, Orting WA, will immediately follow.
Donations may be made in Chuck’s name to the Swedish Hospital Ivy Brain Tumor Center, 550 17th Ave., Suite 540, Seattle, WA 98122.
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