Weerts Funeral Home


Sean Barnhill

December 20, 1966November 10, 2020

Sean Barnhill, 53, of Donahue, IA, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at home. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2020, at Don’s Pub in Donahue (101 N Main St, Donahue, IA 52746). Arrangements were entrusted to Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport. Online condolences may be expressed at

Sean was born December 20, 1966, to Morris David and Sandra (Franz) Barnhill in Davenport, IA. He graduated from West High School in 1986. During his senior year of High School Sean was on the wrestling team that won conference and district in 1985. After High School he attended St. Ambrose College for two years. Sean met Katharine Haynes and fell in love, and the two were married on May 20, 2000, in Bettendorf, IA. Together they had two children, Megan and Collin. He worked for McCarthy Construction and the City of Davenport for 20 years and was a member of the Teamster Union. Sean’s interests included horses, sports; especially the Cubs, Bears, Hawkeye’s football and wrestling. He was very strong and proud of his interest in his Irish Heritage. Sean enjoyed traveling with family, across Western Europe and South America. Despite having Cerebral Palsy, he never let that be an excuse in his life. Sean was strong willed and proved a lot of people wrong. He was independent throughout his life and lived it well.

Sean will be missed by his wife, Katharine; his children: Megan and Collin; his father, Barney; a step-son, Zack; and an aunt, Loretta Lim. He was preceded in death by his mom, Sandra.

The family would to extend special thanks to Joe Farrel and Ted Tescheck, who were always there for Sean.


  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, November 22, 2020


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Wendy Burkhead

November 23, 2020

Scrappy was a good friend always made me laugh

Denise Dietz

November 23, 2020

2nd grade

Troy Ward

November 22, 2020

Coach Barnhill, So sorry to hear about Sean's passing. I remember Sean always being a tough competitor on our wrestling team with a lot of heart. My deepest condolences to you and the family. May he rest in peace.

Doug Thomas

November 22, 2020

Barney, Katharine, Megan, and Collin: So sorry to hear of Sean’s passing. My condolences to you and your families. Sean and I really didn’t hang out that much, but I do have fond memories of the time we spent at the ranch and during the holidays. And I too remember that Garth Brooks concert... and trying to function at work the next morning. Sean, you will be missed.

John Martin

November 22, 2020

Barney: So sorry to learn of Sean's passing. He lived a good if not hard life. You did so much for him. Relish the memories and take care of yourself.

Al Blocker

November 22, 2020

Mr Barnhill, Katharine, Megan and Collin im so sorry for your loss. I loved Sean and always enjoyed his company. So many memories with Sean as he was good buddies with my younger brother Rod. Sean was always there. Pound for pound probably one of the toughest guys around. He will be so missed. Rest in peace Sean. My condolences to you the family. Al Blocker

Lori Levetzow

November 21, 2020

Megan, Colin, Katherine, and Uncle Barney I am so very sorry for your loss and wish that you had more time together. Know that you are not alone in your grief.

Way back when Sean and I counted our age in single digits, your grandma and grandpa Barnhill lived in an apartment that backed up to a creek. Your grandmother told us to stay away from it because alligators lived there and that they'd eat us if given the chance. Fools that we were, your father and I would creep slowly closer and closer to the edge for a chance to see them. Fortunately for us, we were young and not as brave as we grew to be. When our caution (not cowardice mind you) got the better of us, we would take a brief stroll to the Filling Station at 35th and Brady Steets to steal matches from the cigarette machine. Who knew alligators did not live in Davenport!

Now for an adult memory. Twenty some years ago, my kids (3 of them under 10) were being kids and my husband was being less than helpful. I was tired and angry and counting the minutes to bedtime. Your father called me up and said he had an extra ticket to the Garth Brooks concert in Iowa City if I could be ready to go on a matter of minutes. I l left so quickly my kids thought I had runaway (sorry for the angst I caused). I don't know who backed out at the last minute but I am forever grateful to them. Your father and I had the best time at the concert. We sang our hearts out to our favorite songs and we were both happy to see our favorite country music icon. We also went to a karaoke bar where neither of us sang but both made jokes about others who had more courage than us. Your father gave me a break from one of the harder times of being a parent when I was in need of it.
I will miss your father, my cousin and friend.

Deanna Thomas

November 21, 2020

My dear nephew Sean, I am grateful for the so many happy times we shared with through the years. You had a ready smile and gave cause for others to smile in return. I was happy to share in the joy of your wedding day to Katharine but I will never forget what you taped on the soles of your shoes that day. It was so unexpected it made me smile in spite of myself. It was a moment when your impish nature showed itself!
I also remember how joyful you were when Megan and Colin were born. You wre so happy and proud to be their father. I am so very sorry they lost you so soon. My prayers are with all of you.

Mayor Bill Gluba

November 21, 2020

To Barney, Katherine, Megan, Collin and Zack:
I'm so sorry about the passing of Sean. You have my deepest condolences.
Sean was a good guy who faced many challenges and did the best he could. I always enjoyed his friendly smile and happy greeting.
Sean loved you all, but was so proud of daughter Megan and son Collin. I'll always remember him bursting with pride as he watched them dance to Irish music.
God bless you Sean!

Craig Stewart

November 21, 2020

My deepest condolences Coach Barnhill, I vividly remember
wrestling with Sean when he attended practice, he was bright eyed and had a great laugh when we tangled.
The last time I saw you was in 86 and you spoke of his accomplishments.
Sean had an impact on me as you did Coach .

Your 1976 119 pounder Craig Stewart
1st time Quad City Metro Champs under your direction.

God speed.


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