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Gerald Austin Barnhart

November 20, 1936 ~ August 17, 2021 (age 84)


Gerald Austin Barnhart, 84, of Independence, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021, at Journey Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Gerald was welcomed into the loving arms of his parents, Charles and Ruth (Briles) Barnhart on November 20, 1936, in Neodesha, Kansas. While attending Altoona High School, Gerald played on the baseball team. He graduated in 1954. Shortly after graduation, Gerald joined the National Guards. He proudly served for 10 years. He then enlisted in the United States Army Reserve for an additional 17 years. Gerald worked as a mechanic for Ford from 1958 to 1988. When he wasn’t working at Ford, he owned an operated Barnhart’s Auto Repair. In 1958, Gerald married Charlotte Scott. The two later divorced. He then married Delores Labarr in 2007 in Miami, Oklahoma. Gerald loved to fish, work his cattle, bowling, roller skating, word searches, play Dominoes, bale hay, and work on various mechanical projects, but most of all he loved the time he spent with his family and church. Gerald was a member of the Bible Holiness Church since 1958. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth Barnhart, sons, Scott Leroy and Jeffery Ray Barnhart, brothers, James, Merle, and Clyde Barnhart and sisters, Daisey Gullick and Betty Oyler.

Gerald’s memory will carry on with his wife, Delores of the home, daughters, Elizabeth Ann Schwatken and husband Wilbur of Sycamore, Karen Suzanne Davis and husband Ron of Cherryvale, daughter in-law, Amy Louise Barnhart of Independence, step children, John Marsh, Ray Marsh, and Karen Marsh, sisters, Sandra Walls of Owasso, OK, and Mary Bowen of Colony, KS, 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and his dear dog, Rosie.

Visitation will be held at Potts Chapel in Independence on Thursday, August 19th, with the family greeting friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be on Friday, August 20th at 1:00 pm at Potts Chapel with interment immediately following at Neodesha Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Gerald’s name to the Journey Home, 900 NE Washington Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74006. To leave the family a special message of condolence, please visit, www.pottsfuneralhome.com.

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August 19, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Potts Chapel of Independence
122 S. Penn Ave
Independence, KS 67301

Funeral Service
August 20, 2021

1:00 PM
Potts Chapel of Independence
122 S. Penn Ave
Independence, KS 67301

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