Gerald William “Bill” Barnett, 87

Gerald William “Bill” Barnett, 87, of the Stanton area, Brookville, died Tuesday, March 21, 2012, at McKinley Health Center.

He was born May 12, 1924, in New Bethlehem, a son of the late Merle Blair and Blanche Laura (Cathcart) Barnett.

Sept. 16, 1949, he married the former Bertha “Jean” Kennedy, who survives. They enjoyed 62 years of good marriage.

Mr. Barnett was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, in the 104th Infantry division.

He worked as a truck driver at Reed Milling for more than 37 years, delivering feed to many area farmers.

He was a member of the Stanton United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Brookville VFW Post 204, for which he held various offices.

He enjoyed woodworking, building birdhouses and apple and potato crates. He also enjoyed the bus trips with the Brookville Senior Citizens. He and his wife drove themselves out West, and took many other trips together.

In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include two sons, William Ray Barnett of Brookville, and Thomas Eugene Barnett and wife Carrie of Meadville; two grandchildren, Ashley Nicole and Courtney Marie Barnett; and a sister, Lois Carrier of Brookville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Lloyd, Dale, Paul, Roy and Clyde Barnett; and a sister, Elmo Arthurs.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Brookville.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the funeral home with Pastor Roger Howard officiating.

Military honors will be accorded by Brookville American Legion Post 102 and VFW Post 204 at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at St. John’s (Windy Hill) Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Stanton United Methodist Church.

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