Howard Barnes died Aug. 29, 2019. He was 79. He was born on Oct. 7, 1939, in East Stroudsburg, Pa., to the late Chester A. Barnes and Viola Berger Barnes.
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Throughout his life, Howard served his nation and his city. He was an aircraft pneudraulic system technician in the Air Force from 1958 to 1978, including tours in Thailand and Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force, he joined the Oklahoma City Police Department, where he served for 20 years. He was recognized by the Southwest Kiwanis Club in 1983 as on outstanding police officer and received the Medal for Meritorious Service in May of 1984.
Through his work as a police officer, he met his future wife, Karen, in the mid-1980s. They met when he responded to a robbery at the store where she worked, and for some time after the incident he checked on her to ensure she was OK. Eventually, they began dating and later married. They enjoyed 32 years of fun at casinos, travel and watching football together.
Howard was a skilled woodworker. For a time, he owned a business creating custom kitchen cabinetry. He built many beautiful pieces of furniture for his family and his home. He was an avid golfer and was thankfully able to enjoy one last game just a few weeks before he died.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Barnes, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; his daughter, Kimberly Heaton, and her husband, Craig, of Norman, Okla., and son, Kevin Barnes, and his wife, Deidre, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; eight grandchildren; Rachel H. Damgen of Portland, OR, Timothy Heaton of Tampa, FL, Hayden Barnes of OKC, Sawyer Barnes of OKC, Sarah Heaton of Houston, TX, Paul Heaton, of Norman, OK, Rowdey Barnes, of OKC and Merain Barnes of OKC; one great grandchild, William Damgen; and brothers James Barnes of Wilmington, N.C., and Kenneth Barnes of East Stroudsburg, Pa. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at Smith & Turner Mortuary, 201 E Main St, Yukon, OK 73099. Causal dress, please. Associated Pastor, Charlotte Teel of the United Methodist Church of the Good Shepard, will officiate the ceremony. His ashes will be scattered at a golf course where he made one of three holes-in-one in his life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Integris Cancer Institute at 5911 W. Memorial Road attention: Ms. Bourgeois. Condolences can be sent to www.smith-turnermortuary.com. The family would like to thank the staff at Integris Hospice House and Canadian Valley Oncology Clinic for their care.