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Ronald D. Barnes

March 16, 1939 ~ November 12, 2020 (age 81)

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Mr. Ronald D. Barnes, age 81 of Spring Lake, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at home. He was born on March 16, 1939 in Grandville, MI to Durwood and Rita (Shindler) Barnes.

Upon graduation from high school, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Navy, which turned into a career in Aviation Electronics. He married Mary Anne Laufersky on May 19, 1962 in Spring Lake. After 21 plus years of service in the Navy, Ron retired with full military honors. The family then moved back to Spring Lake, where Ron worked for RAM Electronics, and then Meijer’s, in the Sporting Goods Dept. and as a Greeter.

Ron was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Spring Lake, and a Charter member of the Spoonville Gun Club, where he enjoyed coffee and fellowship with all his hunting buddies.  Ron was also a member of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post 28, VFW Alvin Jonker Post #2326, and former member of the Elks Lodge. 

Ron was a true outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, trapping and most anything to do with being in the woods. For decades, Ron enjoyed cutting and stacking wood to heat their home.  Ron is lovingly missed and survived his wife, Mary Anne; and children, Rhonda Barnes of Spring Lake, and Christopher (Wendy Worthington) Worthington Barnes of Cedar Rapids, IA; and two grandchildren, Kelsie and Mathew. He is also survived by his sisters, Judy Goding, Linda (Jack) DeCamp, Carol Klouw; and sisters-in-law, Helen Laufersky and Phyllis Laufersky. Ron was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Jim Klouw, Robert Goding, Robert Laufersky, and John Laufersky. 

The Memorial Mass for Ron will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church Spring Lake in Spring of 2021, with time and date to be announced. Full Military Rites will be performed by the Honor Guard at that time. 

Memorial Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School, Michigan Special Olympics, or Hospice of North Ottawa Community. 

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Service at later date to be announced

St. Mary's Catholic Church
406 East Savidge Street
Spring Lake, MI 49456


St. Mary's Catholic School
430 E Savidge St, Spring Lake MI 49456
Tel: 1-616-842-1282

Special Olympics Michigan Area 12
1918 Parkwood Street, Jenison MI 49428
Tel: 1-616-450-6224

Hospice of North Ottawa Community
1309 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven MI 49417
Tel: 1-616-846-2015

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