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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN

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Thomas C. Barnett

24 agosto , 194414 febrero , 2020
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Thomas C. Barnett, 75, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020, at Lutheran Life Villages, South Anthony. Born August 24, 1944 in Wilmington, DE, Tom had called Fort Wayne his home for the past 24 years. He moved to Fort Wayne to become the CEO of Paragon Steel and remained there, with wonderful colleagues, until his retirement in 2009.

Tom enlisted in the US Army in 1967 and graduated from Officer Candidate School as a second Lieutenant. He served in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader and was active in the reserves until the mid-1970’s, achieving the rank of Captain. He was very proud of his military service and often talked about how much it shaped his life.

The testing he took before he left the Army said that he should either be in politics or in sales. He chose sales, which had made his wife and family very happy, but was also very enthusiastic about politics. Tom was a warm and gregarious man who laughed easily, a talented artist, mixed a mean cocktail, read Civil War history and was a reenactor for the War of 1812, loved Jeopardy, and enjoyed golf and golfing. He played as long as he could, and even had a Jack Nicklaus story. Tom also had a large selection of unusual socks which became his trademark later in life. He was a religious man and an active member of First Presbyterian Church (Fort Wayne), well into his Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Anne T. Barnett; daughters Erin (Eric Hetherington) Barnett of Maplewood, NJ, and Lesley Barnett currently of Fort Wayne; sisters-in-law Susan (Brinton) Strode of Leland, NC and Judy Barnett of Wesley Chapel, FL. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mildred S. Lowery, and brother, James C. Barnett. Memorial service is at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, with visitation from 12:30 p.m. until time of service. Reception to follow immediately after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Servicios previos:

  • Visitation viernes, 21 febrero , 2020
  • Memorial Service viernes, 21 febrero , 2020

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Laura Maggi

5 marzo , 2020

I’m so sorry. Your dad was always such a funny guy. (And very patient, even when he got annoyed with my junky car leaking oil all over his driveway.) I know how proud he was of you and Lesley.

Ingela Lundh

5 marzo , 2020

So sorry for your loss! I remember being at your house in Connecticut all those years ago, an insecure 15-year old Swede, a bit scared to speak English. Within minutes, I remember feeling so welcomed by your dad and my fear was gone. Sending lots of love to you all!

Sally Peterson

5 marzo , 2020

Mr. Barnett was a good man. He was so warm and genuinely interested in your friends. I always loved seeing both of your parents at church. I am so sad for the difficult loss your family has experienced over the past seven years. I will miss your dad. Wish I could be there with you to remember him.

Lilah Greendale Shapiro

5 marzo , 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve been there and no matter what comes before it’s so hard and you aren’t ready. Sending you lots of love and wishing you comfort and joy in your memories.

Deborah Gar Reichman

5 marzo , 2020

I am so sorry. I remember hanging with your dad one weekend in Perrysburg. I wish you both the best memories and joy as you celebrate his life separate from that disease.

Alexa Kaskowitz

5 marzo , 2020

He was such a force. He taught me so much.

Judith Barnett

5 marzo , 2020

So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Your dad was very proud of you both. I remember the times he & your mom would visit in FL and your dad & your uncle Jim would talk and it was very evident that he loved his girls.

Katie Gillespie

5 marzo , 2020

I remember your dad’s wonderful energy, and I know you and your sister carry on that piece of him.

Sara Ellovich

5 marzo , 2020

Love you all! Tom was a great sport with us weirdos!

Sue Williams Major

5 marzo , 2020

I’m so sorry! I loved your Dad. I actually became an Eagles fan for a while much to my Dad’s chagrin, but it was because of him. I loved my time in the Barnett’s backyard (and dinners in the house). You all are in my thoughts. Much love to all of you.

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