Services for Kelly Barnes, 85, of Chariton were held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family received friends prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Memorial Contributions may be made in Kelly's name to the Pin Oak Marsh in Chariton, Iowa.
Omer Marcelle “Kelly” Barnes was born March 26, 1934 in Tingley, Iowa to Nelle Blackmore Barnes. His father, Omer Marcelle Barnes, passed away shortly before his birth. Nelle later married Cecil Lutz. The family then grew and Kelly had siblings: Marlin Lutz, Justin Lutz, Gary Lutz, Boneta Friberg, Janice Orbach, and Linda Patterson. Growing up, Kelly lived many places and then graduated from Clarke County High School in Osceola in 1953. He then joined the Army and served in Germany during the Occupation after the war. Kelly enjoyed his military years serving in Europe, seeing many things and many different people. He was thankful for the experiences gained. He was the Company Clerk, very astute and bright. He began looking for opportunities, and after scanning the manuals, he found a way to get out of the Army while having them pay for his education.
After the service, Kelly attended Simpson College. He was a member of the ATO Fraternity and had envisioned a career in coaching. But while in the Simpson Library, a young lady caught his eye, so his career path had changed. He was married to Eleanor “Ellie” Louise Barchus in Waterloo, Iowa on August 23, 1958.
This set in motion his career as an insurance adjuster for nearly 40 years. He worked for Farm Bureau, FEMIC, and his own company K-Bar Claim Services. Many of these years he spent helping people when he would adjust damages after devastating storms across the country.
Kelly and Ellie were blessed with three children: Randy, Mike, and Cindy. Kelly was a devoted husband, father, and grandpa. In fact, he was devoted to his entire family: his mother, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He plugged in to all of their lives, and even liked some of them. He was always involved in his children’s lives. He was very active in the Boy Scouts and encouraged his boys to become Eagle Scouts. As his boys put it, “He was a ruthless task master”. He supported all activities they were involved with. Kelly enjoyed watching all sports and band performances that his children participated in.
Kelly enjoyed feeding and watching birds, counting deer, and taking daily drives through Red Haw State Park to see the wildlife and to reminisce about making the life long commitment of love to Ellie on a hill overlooking the lake at Red Haw so many years ago.
Fishing was also a great pastime for Kelly; he could fish every way possible and was a great teacher when taking his kids fishing. He also loved travel and adventure and made many memories taking family trips. Some were pretty ordinary and others were unique and thrilling.
People will miss Kelly’s sense of humor and ability to brighten people’s day. Kelly passed away May 23, 2019 at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellie Barnes in 2011; his father Omer Marcelle Barnes; mother, Nelle Barnes Lutz; sister, Linda Lutz Patterson; and step-father, Cecil Lutz. He will be greatly missed by his children: Randy K. (Barbara) Barnes, Mike (Diane) Barnes, and Cindy Moeller; grandchildren: Christopher Barnes, Gina Barnes, Samantha Moeller, Alyssa Moeller, and Luke Moeller; great grandchildren: Reese, Gabby, Caleb, and Ethan; along with many relatives and friends.