Neil Lane Barnett

December 8, 1954October 18, 2012

Neil Lane Barnett, 57, of Evansville, passed away October 18, 2012, at home after a two year struggle with cancer, with his loving family present. Neil was born December 8, 1954, to Carl and Dorothy Barnett.

Neil graduated from Boonville High School in 1972 and University of Evansville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Kentucky Wesleyan College. He was a member of the TKE Fraternity at UE. He taught six years at Tennyson Elementary School before pursuing a career in construction. He was owner and operator of Ash Iron Construction, Inc.

At an early age, Neil was very active as a member of Baker Chapel United Methodist Church in Degonia Springs, IN where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Teacher, and Trustee. Currently, he was a member of Blue Grass United Methodist Church in Evansville where he served on the board of Trustees and was very active in planning and construction of the new church being built.

Neil became a Boy Scout at the age of 12. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1972. Neil was a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. He has led three troops as Scoutmaster including Troop 151 in Tennyson, Troop 161 in Boonville and currently Troop 350 in Evansville. He has led 48 boys through the pursuit of Eagle Scout. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1989 for outstanding service to the local Council. This prestigious award is the highest award a Council can bestow upon a volunteer. Neil was an excellent example of what it means to live the Scout Oath and Law. He was also a lifetime member of the NRA.

A giant, gentle, loving, bear of a man, Neil was loved by many people, has had a positive effect on many lives and never met a stranger. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Neil is survived by his wife of 15 years, Crystal Reed, MD; daughters, Melissa Cunningham (Drue) of Salado, TX, Erica DeJong (Bryce) of Evansville; twins, Alexis and Grant Barnett at home; grandsons, Kaidon DeJong and Bryson DeJong; parents, Carl and Dorothy Barnett of Boonville; brothers, Glenn Barnett (Kelly) and Steven Barnett, MD (Kristi) of Boonville; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Services will be 10:00 AM Monday, October 22, 2012, at Blue Grass United Methodist Church, 14240 Petersburg Road, Evansville, officiated by Pastor Doug Heiman, with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery in Boonville. Friends may visit Sunday from 1:00 to 8:00 PM at Alexander North Chapel, 4200 Stringtown Road, and Monday from 9:00 am until service time at the church.

The family would like to thank Dr. Dan Shirey, Dr. Jim Maserejian, Dr. Jon Frazier and Vista Care Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Buffalo Trace Council Troop 350, Vanderburgh Humane Society or Blue Grass United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made online at


  • Visitation Sunday, October 21, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, October 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 22, 2012

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Crystal Barnett

November 27, 2013

Thank you Tig.He spoke of you and really valued your friendship. We miss him every day.

Tig Whitfill

November 25, 2013

My name is Tig, today I found a picture of Neil when we worked together at concrete pavers. I have great memories working during the week then on weekends on a home addition project I had going on at my home. Neil was nothing short of what we call good people. Neil was more like great people. As I searched. To reconnect with him I stumbled upon this obit and am deeply saddened. I'm sure he is missed my many and my prayers although delayed go out to his family.

Ralph Harris

December 4, 2012

I had not seen nor talked to Neil in some time. He will be missed by all that knew him. My deepest condolences.

mike hill

November 16, 2012

sorry to his family. i was one of his students back in tennyson. he will be sadly missed. he was a great teacher and a great person. i dont dont believed he ever forgot one of his students or friends

Tony Iulo

November 7, 2012

Working side by side with Neil and his Dad Carl in 2006 during the New York Says Thank You Baker Chapel build was a wonderful and unforgettable experience for me. Neil gave me a pocket knife and Carl gave me an Indiana ball cap to take back home to New Jersey. Still use and cherish both gifts from these two great men. My condolences to Carl and the family.

Martin York

October 23, 2012

Mine and my family's condolences to the Barnett family. I knew Neil for many years and he was a good man. I'll miss the Knob Creek campouts, just won't be the same without ya.

Peter Tullis

October 22, 2012

I have known Neil for many years. We would occasionally shoot together and meet each other at local gun shows. Neil, I'll always think of those times at shows when we were both looking for that certain firearm or the times when our kids were at the range together. You will sorely be missed in the collecting community. I know I miss your wisdom and laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Frank Shoener

October 22, 2012

So sorry to hear about Neil. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Neil was my big brother in TKE at UE and I will always remember him.

Jim Golub

October 22, 2012

Hello. I have known Niel only through our association on the Parallax Bill web forum site. But even through that distant medium Niel always impressed me with his knowledge and demeanor. I and my family offer our condolences to his.
Jim Golub, Wife Jill Ann and sons, James, Ben & Joe

October 22, 2012

Our condolences go out for the Barnett family. We are all blessed to have known Neil.
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