H. Edward Barnett

Midway, Ark.

H. Edward Barnett, 89, passed away Saturday,
March 14, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Fairfield, Iowa, on Sept. 30, 1930, to his parents, Harley E. and Alvena (Knauss) Barnett. He graduated Fairfield High School in 1948. After that, he enlisted in the Iowa National Guard at the age of 17, then joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country in Okinawa and Korea during the Korean War. He followed this service with two years in the USAF Reserve.
After his military service, he worked for John Deere, as a manager for Service Master (Waterloo, Iowa) then American Building Maintenance (Tucson, Ariz.). After moving to Midway, Ark., he worked with his wife Joan in her business "Interiors by Joan" until his retirement.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and a life-time member of the Elks Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family on Lake Bull Shoals fishing and boating. At home, he enjoyed the quietness and beauty of the surrounding woods.
Ed is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joan L. (Petersen-Lafrenz) Barnett; two stepsons, Todd (Angie) and Chad (Mary) Lafrenz; beloved grandchildren, Emilie, Maria, Hannah, Dylan (Alexandra), Jake and Cody; and great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Kayden and Benjamin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Ella Mae; and son, Mark Barnett.
A memorial service was held at Redeemer Lutheran Church on March 17, in Mountain Home, Ark. Inurnment will take place later this spring at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hudson, Iowa, with a service for family and friends to include military honors.

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