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Debo Funeral Home

833 Court Street, Fulton, MO

OBITUARY

Karen Jean Barnhart

May 18, 1952January 24, 2020

Karen Jean Barnhart, 67, of Henderson, Nevada and previously, Fulton, MO, passed away on January 24, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at Debo Funeral Home in Fulton, Missouri on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm. The family will receive guests from 2:00-3:00 pm until the time of the service.

Karen was born on May 18, 1952 in Jefferson City, Missouri. She was the daughter of Calvin A. Erhardt and Verna A. (Medler) Erhardt. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Stevie. She was a 1970 graduate of Jefferson City High School and a 1974 graduate of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education and Health. Upon graduation from college, she taught Physical Education at the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville, Kentucky from 1974-1978. In 1979, she began teaching at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Missouri, where she taught Physical Education, Health and coached for 27 years until her retirement in 2006. She moved to Jefferson City in 2010 to care for her father until he passed in 2013 and then moved to Henderson, NV to be close and to care for her three grandchildren who lived there.

Survivors include two sons; Matthew Barnhart and his wife Amanda of Columbia, Missouri, Kris Barnhart of Henderson, Nevada and one step-son, Billy Barnhart and his wife Krissy of Columbia, Missouri. Karen is also survived by 4 grandchildren; Alexis Daro of New Bloomfield, Missouri, Braden Barnhart, Colin Barnhart, and Angela Arbogast all of Henderson, Nevada. Karen has 3 surviving siblings; Richard Erhardt of and the late Jean Erhardt of Jefferson City, Missouri, Janice Kelly and her husband Dale, of Foristell, Missouri and Lisa Burns and her husband Dan of Burlington, Kentucky. Included in this list are many nieces, nephews, cousins, three aunts, and many longtime friends who loved her dearly. Karen was very proud of her proficiency in sign language and was always trying to teach us novices how to sign. Her life totally, completely and lovingly revolved around her grandchildren. She was very much devoted to her family and friends. Karen was always willing to travel when the chance arose.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Missouri School for the Deaf student activity fee in care of Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, Fulton, Missouri 65251.

  • FAMILY

  • Calvin A. Erhardt, Father (deceased)
  • Verna A. (Medler) Erhardt, Mother (deceased)
  • Stevie Erhardt, Brother (deceased)
  • Matthew Barnhart (Amanda), Son
  • Kris Barnhart, Son
  • Billy Barnhart (Krissy), Step-Son
  • Alexis Daro, Granddaughter
  • Braden Barnhart, Grandson
  • Colin Barnhart, Grandson
  • Angela Arbogast, Granddaughter
  • Richard Erhardt, Brother
  • Janice Kelly (Dale), Sister
  • Lisa Burns (Dan), Sister
  • Karen is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, three aunts and may longtime friends who loved her dearly.
  • DONATIONS

  • Missouri School for the Deaf Activity Fund

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 1, 2020

Memories

Karen Jean Barnhart

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Jeremy Robinson

February 3, 2020

I remember she first come to be p.e. teacher at MSD when i was in 1 grade and has her through 5 grade . She is great teacher but very tough ...do enjoy be around with her ..i remember she ask all us how to spelling her last name see if we pass so can go to classes ...i can remember it is hard to know what her last name is how to spell right .sure will miss her and will alway precious in the heart .

Jeremy Robinson

February 3, 2020

She was my p.e. teacher from 1 grade to 5 grade ..she is great teacher and alway make sure all of us get good shape in p.e. ..will sure miss her and precious in my heart .

Susan Anderson

January 30, 2020

I worked alongside Karen at MSD from the time I started in 1984 until her retirement. I loved having Karen as PE teacher and sports coach because her main focus was the health and welfare of the kids as was mine as a nurse at MSD. My utmost sympathies to family. I know she will be missed by all.

Sarah Miller

January 30, 2020

Karen was a friend and a classmate in high school. Our parents were close friends and my sisters and I were kid friends with Karen and her siblings, growing up on Old St Louis Road. I have many fond memories of those days. Karen was always caring and so kind. Sending hugs and prayers to her family.
Sarah (Rowden) Miller

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