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 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Fr. David Gross officiating. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service, from 10 - 11 a.m., at the church. Full Military Honors will be performed by the American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post 28.
Memorial Contributions in Memory of Ron may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School, Michigan Special Olympics, or Hospice of North Ottawa Community.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ronald D. Barnes, please visit our floral store.
St. Mary's Catholic School
430 E Savidge St, Spring Lake MI 49456
Special Olympics Michigan Area 12
1918 Parkwood Street, Jenison MI 49428
Hospice of North Ottawa Community
1309 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven MI 49417