Claude Barnes Jr.

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August 19, 1927 - September 19, 2018
Born in Culpepper, AR
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Claude Barnes Jr. of Saint Charles, MO, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at the age of 91. Beloved husband of Mary M. Barnes; cherished son of the late Hetty M. and Claude "Shorty" H. Barnes Sr.; devoted father of Rick Barnes, Claudia (Rich) Cates, Tina (Late John) Miazza, Jeff (Denise) Barnes, and step-father of Martha (Mike) Sanders; loving grandfather of nine; treasured great-grandfather of thirteen;; adored uncle of numerous nieces and nephews; and precious friend of many. Claude was also preceded in death by siblings Walter Barnes, George Barnes, Bobbie Barnes, Bernard Barnes, Glenna Dunberson, Jane Henry and Jimmie Smith; granddaughter Casey Jo Bierman Campana; and great-granddaughter Taylor Williams.

Claude dedicated many years as a Machinist for McDonnel Douglas and was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers – Lodge 837-C. He was very proud of his work ethic and an enthusiastic Union supporter.

He was a country boy at heart, constantly spending time tending to the farm, caring for horses, and enjoying his Old Western films – John Wayne being a favorite actor of his. He let nothing stop him from doing what he loved, including mowing the lawn even in his 90s. Spending time with his family was one of Claude’s greatest joys, especially raising his children and spoiling his grandchildren. He was always hosting barbeques and serving up his specialties: fried fish and fried turkey.

Claude was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Memorials may be made in Claude’s name to The Guide Dog Foundation.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Cathy Durham September 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    candle 6Mary, Claudia, Rick, Tina, Jeff, Martha and all of Claude’s loving family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I have known Claude for nearly 50 years and every time I saw him, he made me smile. He will surely be missed.

  2. Bobbie Milkie September 21, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    candle 1Sorry for your loss 😔

  3. Jim Tyler IAM Grand Lodge Retired September 21, 2018 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    candle 4Claude, you were a great unionist we will never forget you.

  4. Jim Tyler IAMAW Grand Lodge retired September 21, 2018 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    candle 6Claude we will never forget you. You were a great Unionist.

  5. Chris Hauenstein September 21, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Claudia, Tina and your entire family so sorry for your loss, prayers for all of you during this most difficult time.

  6. Sherry Poma September 22, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Justin, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. 🙏🏻- Uncle Tony and Aunt Sherry

  7. Diane Murray September 22, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    candle 5Prayers for your family.

  8. Deborah J Bixler September 22, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    candle 7Mary , Rick and family:
    A better Unionist will never be found. He devoted his life to the IAM Retirement Club , he will definitely be missed and hard to replace. He was a good man and I considered him my friend. I remember years ago going to Union Conventions. Claude always made sure everything was ok for everyone. Now he will be Organizing in Heaven.We offer our sympathy to the entire family..
    Harry and Debbie Bixler

  9. Claudia Cates September 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    candle 7I was blessed to have this man as my dad. He spoiled me as a child and spoiled me as an adult. He loved all his children and grandchildren, and his great grandchildren. He always got their names mixed up. He had a fulfilling life with his wife Mary of 41 years and he loved his Union. Dad was a member of District 837 IAM McDonnell Douglas/Boeing. He started out building air planes and when he retired in 1989 the family was amazed that these planes didn’t have any issues. He was a Union Representative for years and then Vice President of the Union. When he retired in 1989 he became President of the Retirees . He loved his time being in charge, He enjoyed planning the meetings, cooking the meals, planning the picnics and the Golf Tournaments. He could barbeque the best Pork Steaks you have ever eaten, everyone wanted some of Claude’s Pork Steaks. He loved to dance and he could even sing a little. My dad didn’t know a stranger. He enjoyed horses, fishing, being outside. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. My heart is broken but I know God will take care of him. I hope he can watch his Westerns in Heaven.

  10. Michael Carosone September 23, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

    It was indeed an honor to know Claude and what he stood for. If there was a Mount Rushmore for unionists Claude’s likeness would be carved into that stone…

  11. Ann Shuck September 23, 2018 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    candle 7Mary and family,
    We will miss Claude’s kind words and sweet smile. He was truly a wonderful man.
    Please know that we will be praying for you and your family.
    Ann, Jim and Brendan Shuck

  12. Tim Randall September 24, 2018 at 7:18 am - Reply

    candle 5Mary and Family,
    With a sad heart we want to offer our condolences. Claude will always be remembered for his smile around the hall and the many years of dedicated service to his union as always helping his union brothers and sisters. Claude always provided much appreciated support on all the many committees, clubs and organizations that he was involved in. I am also a John Wayne fan and had many conversations with Claude about the Duke.
    Tim, Sherry and family

  13. Pamela Bierman Valentine September 25, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

    candle 3Claude was a one of a kind man, a wonderful man that made everyone feel welcome and part of the family. I am blessed to have known him and will miss him and his fish Fry’s.

  14. Terri Glendening Miller October 5, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. We always loved him. This is Troy Glendening’s oldest daughter Terri, and dad said he really loved your dad and misses all the time they use to spend together. Praying for your family!

  15. Karen Underwood October 6, 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    candle 1I remember him as he came to our family reunions. He is my mother’s cousin (Barbara Glendening Boyd). He always laughed and was a lot of fun to listen to his stories. I am sorry for your loss. PrYing for you and your family

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