OBITUARY

Wesley Gene Barnes

March 31, 1956August 14, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Wesley Gene Barnes, 63, of Columbia, MO, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at his home in Columbia, MO.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 19, 2019 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO. The family welcomes you to show up in your Hot Rod or favorite ride, in Wesley’s memory. A car cruise night will be held on a future date.

Wesley was born on March 31, 1956 in Columbia, MO the son of Murray and Mae Barnes who preceded him in death. He was married on June 11, 1993 in Columbia, MO to Sally Wozniak. He was currently employed at the University of Missouri Campus Facilities as an electrician.

He was happiest when he was able to help others. He would be the first one to offer a hand, whether that be to fix an air conditioner, repair a car, or be the third base coach in a softball game. He was quiet by nature - but when he did speak it was to tell a joke, talk about cars or family. He loved to tease and joke and could build or fix anything – unless it was on the honey-do list! He was the proud founder and member of Boulevard Burnouts. When he wasn’t in the garage working on his car or one of his many projects, he was on internet looking for car parts wrapped up in his flame quilt with the cat by his side. Not only was he an all-around handyman, he enjoyed spending quality time with “his girls” and pestering his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include: his wife, Sally Barnes of the home; two daughters, Sara Hotop (Victor Ebert) of Middletown, NY and Mallory Barnes of New York, New York; one brother, George Barnes (Rita) of Boonville, MO, “the son he never wanted”, Andrew Miller of Kansas City, MO; several beloved nieces and nephews; and three sisters, Mary Barnes of Dallas, TX, Cheryl March (Jimmy) of Columbia, MO, and April Miller of New Franklin, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Mid-Missouri Chapter, Out of Darkness Community Walk being held on October 20, 2019, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202 or online at https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=2017158

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include: his wife, Sally Barnes of the home; two daughters, Sara Hotop (Victor Ebert) of Middletown, NY and Mallory Barnes of New York, New York; one brother, George Barnes (Rita) of Boonville, MO, “the son he never wanted”, Andrew Miller of Kansas City, MO; several beloved nieces and nephews; and three sisters, Mary Barnes of Dallas, TX, Cheryl March (Jimmy) of Columbia, MO, and April Miller of New Franklin, MO.
  • DONATIONS

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Mid-Missouri Chapter

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 19, 2019

Memories

Wesley Gene Barnes

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Jeff Norris

August 19, 2019

Very sorry to hear about Wesley. My fondest memory of Wesley is how my grandson loved Wesley . Gunner would say Wesley coming Wesley coming. If Wesley saw us at a car show he would always ask where his buddy was. What an honor it was today being part of the hot rods that drove in today. Seeing the amount of cars that showed up proved how Wesley inspired everyone.

Danny Nowlin

August 19, 2019

Wesley was a great friend to Danny and I. More like a brother to Danny. He was always finding ways to help us with Cruisin' To Fight Cancer. He ran our hot wheels races every year and the kids loved him. He treated our grandkids like his own. There are truly no words that can ever explain the friendship and value Wesley had with so many. We love you Wesley Barnes until we see you again our friend.
Danny and Jeanette Nowlin

Cari Gibbs Nichols

August 19, 2019

Uncle Wes was at the heart of some of my very favorite childhood memories! This was certainly one of them! we spent many hours camping, skiing, fishing and other general monkeying around. he was always down for a sneak -attack- water balloon fight or any other prank that tickled his fancy!
Now that I have children of my own, my 3 boys always looked forward not only to seeing what trick 'Ol Wes' would try to pull next, but also strategizing their pay-back for him.
He was certainly one of Travis' most frequent calls, as he always has some project he would need Wes' advice/expertise. We ALL loved Uncle Wes and are so grateful for all the fun and memories we will hold so dear. Praying for comfort for Sally, Sara and Mal.
we love you,
Cari, Travis. Brock, Bo & Boone
💙💙💙


Louise Gibbs

August 19, 2019

Louise Gibbs

August 19, 2019

Wesley Barnes brought laughter to the lives of many. A cousin to my husband, I was blessed to know Wes for many years. In all those years, I never heard him speak ill of anyone. He was a kind and gentle soul, generous beyond measure; he was always helping someone ! He loved kids, and they loved him; my kids, and now, my grandkids. He was quite the prankster, and the "old Uncle Wes trick" will live on in our family! Praying for peace in your heart Wes, and in ours! Love to Sally and girls, George, Rita, and family, and all who loved Wes!

A memory last forever, never does it die; how lucky are we to have memories, that makes it hard to say goodbye!
Thanks for the memories Uncle Wes!
Rest in peace,
Dennis, Louise, Cari and family, and Billy Gibbs

Jayne & Warren Ward

August 19, 2019

You always treated people like they were your best friend and made them feel as much. You will be missed in many ways . Rest now dear Wesley and find peace in God's arms.

Ellen Fisher

August 18, 2019

Sally I am so sorry to hear of Wesley passing. You both have such kind sweet spirits and I so enjoyed working with you at GTE/Verizon. My prayers are with you and your girls for peace beyond all understanding that only Christ can give.
RIP Wesley, and many hugs to you Sally.
God bless,
Ellen Fisher

Joni Griffin

August 18, 2019

Oh Sally,
We are so sad and sorry......
Wes was such a great guy. I remember the days with both of you at GTE. Wes helped us when we first built our house and for years after. When the boys were little they called him ‘Welsey’. He was always funny and so kind to us.

I’m praying for comfort for you and the girls. I wish there was more I could do.
Joni Griffin

David Mathews

August 18, 2019

Sally so sorry to hear about Wes. I have so many fond memories of you and Wes.
I always thought in a small way. I helped bring you guys together. I would see Wes from time to time around Columbia. Always so friendly and he would tell me about you and the girls. Our prayers are with you.

Dave

Scott Faiman

August 18, 2019

Wes was truly a gift in our lives. He was a friend, a coworker, and seemingly a kindred spirit to so many. Wes was one of those fixtures making the workplace more tolerable, even enjoyable. New employees learned in short order, the prank they just experienced- often involving a rubber snake- was masterminded by none other than Wesley Barnes. To the unknowing, he could appear hard and gruff at times, but to the countless acquaintences, he was a deeply caring, feeling, selfless person who most likely helped anyone reading this through a problem. Wes drove me to work and back for 2 weeks after I'd had surgery, helped me fix car A/Cs, my home furnace, lent tools, and never let me compensate him. He did this for everyone! I'll miss Wes Barnes but always remember his wry smile, and his caring, helpful nature. His memory will live strong and I will try to be more like Wesley Barnes. Miss you Wes.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY