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James E. Barnard, 92

February 17, 1925 to July 16, 2017

Mr. James E. Barnard, 92, formerly of Granville died on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Pleasant View Lutheran Home in Ottawa.

Mr. James E. Barnard was born on February 17, 1925 in Jacksonville, Illinois. He was adopted and raised by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barnard east of Granville. He farmed his whole life east of Granville, Ill. When he retired he and his wife made furniture for a hobby in Cape Coral, Florida.

He married Betty J. Russell in Peru, Ill at the Congregational Church for which Dr. Richard Morgan was pastor. They got married on May 30, 1952 and had a short three-day honeymoon in Chicago.

To this union were born three sons and two daughters; Frank Edward, Roger Lee, Linda Jean, Sarah Mae, and Charles Edward. There are seven grandchildren; Roger Edward, Benjamin, Rebecca, Jeremy, Chase, Alexander, and Andrew, and two great-grandchildren; Holton and Michael.

He was preceded in death by his son Frank Edward Barnard and his wife Betty J. Barnard.

James was a dedicated family man and a hard working father who was also quite active as he was a charter member of the Kilty Shrine Band in Peoria, and Past Commander of St. Johnís Commandery in Peru. He was at one time the largest hog producer in the east half of the county. He also raised peas for Del Monte and worked there during the sweet corn harvest for 16 years. He was a 4-H Rural Youth member, and gave to the Legion each year two butcher hogs for their annual ground hog suppers. He also at two different times provided for labor and materials for repairs at two different churches in town. He also donated to the Red Cross more than 15 gallons of Type A blood.

After finishing high school, he volunteered in the Army and served in the South Pacific as wire chief. He belonged to the 11th Airborne Group and shipped from Australia to the highest city in Japan. He was in charge of teletype repair and setting up on each occupied island. He was a member of Granville American Legion Post #180.

In later life he and his wife refinished furniture for a hobby, especially antique clocks, commodes, dry sinks and pie safes.

James was an accomplished musician. He played the church organ in Peru at age 19, the piano, bagpipes, flute and dulcimer. He was lead pianist in 1938 at LPO High School with the 24-piano recital, has given two solo piano recitals and played the field organ in the Army for church services.

He was the Fourth Generation at the same location with two more families following as the family has been in Putnam County 40 years before the Civil War.

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Service/Memorial Information

Private Service will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 with full military honors by the Granville American Legion Post #180 and the VFW.

Dysart Ė Cofoid Funeral Chapel will be assisting the family with the arrangements.

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  • Lily"He was a spiteful and disrespectful person."Tribute from: Unknown
    September 22, 2017
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  • Prayer"One of our best friends (Betty too) for many years enjoying companionship in Illinois, Florida and Texas. Jim will be missed!"Tribute from: Jane Sloane
    July 18, 2017
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  • candle"RIP. Jimmy and my mom, Helen Marie Hawthorne Engelbrecht, who died just last week, were classmates, and she had vivid memories of their school days, including the massive multi-piano recital. Jimmy several times donated stamps or postage money to the Hopkins Township High School Class of '43 reunion organizers. My deepest sympathies to Sarah (my own PCHS classmate) and the rest of the Barnard family."Tribute from: P J Engelbrecht
    July 18, 2017
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