Memorials may be made to: Autism Society, 4340 East West Hwy, Ste 350, Bethesda, MD 20814 or Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Rd, Wilton, NH 03086-0923
William Albertus Barnes, age 99, entered into rest Friday, June 7, 2013 at his Festus residence. He was a carpenter and member of Carpenters Union Local 2214 and V.F.W. Post 3777; he enjoyed woodworking, fishing and gardening. Born December 31, 1913, in Pekin, Illinois, to the late William Thurman and Catherine (Burdick) Barnes. He was a Navy veteran and was a WWII survivor after the USS Astoria cruiser he was on was damaged in battle off the Solomon Islands. He was then put aboard the USS Conynham to serve the rest of his tour. The Conynham and crew were awarded 3 silver stars for participating in 15 major areas of combat. Mr Barnes, along with 6 other machine gunners, were awarded the commendation medal by Admiral Barbey for action against suicide planes in the Philippines.
Survived by his loving family which includes son, Coleman (Pat) Berry of DeSoto; daughters: Donna (Walter) Spalinger of Ballwin, Joan Berry of Festus and Sandra (Lindell) Klump of Festus; sisters: Donna Hearst of Barnhart, Beverly Ruess of Crystal City and Eve Westfield of Indianapolis, IN; 5 grandchildren: Carrie Abrams, Sherry (Mark) Caldwell, Coleman (Kathy) Berry, Tammy Berry and Heather (Willis) Hall; 6 great grandchildren: Caleigh Abrams, Zachary Abrams, Charli Berry, Sydney Berry, Coleman Berry and William "Billy" Hall; and many nieces and nephews. His wife, Dorothy (Williams) Barnes preceded him in death on May 28, 2011; brothers: Frank, John, Harry and Cleo Barnes; and sisters: Arlene Sawyer and Kathryn Froelich, all preceded him in death.
Pastor Steve Williams will officiate service.