George Ray Barnes

July 11, 1948August 21, 2013

George R. Barnes, 65, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away from kidney cancer on August 21, 2013 at the Forum Nursing Facility. Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:00 am on Monday, August 26th at Curé of Ars Catholic Church with burial following in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. A rosary and visitation on Sunday, August 25th will also be at Curé of Ars starting at 7:30 pm. George was born July 11, 1948 in Independence, Missouri to Dora (nee Walker) and Arthur Barnes. A life-long resident of Kansas City, he graduated from Westport High School and earned basketball scholarships to both Metropolitan Junior College and UMKC. He began a career in the grocery business in 1970 that spanned thirty five years. He is especially remembered managing the Safeway (later Food Barn) store in Ranchmart Shopping Center where he was responsible for beginning the Special Education Work Experience Program. In 1995, George began purchasing Subway Sandwich Shops and operated six stores by the time he retired in 2011. He was a member of Curé of Ars parish for over thirty years and served on their school board and as BBQ judge at their Holy Smokes BBQ Competition. Over the years, George was board president of the Metropolitan Federal Credit Union, president on the advertising board of the National Association of Subway Franchisees, and B & B Bowling League president.

George loved golf, bowling, racquetball, the Rocky Mountains, San Francisco and BBQ; but most of all he loved people. He will be sorely missed by his wife of thirty five years, Terry Beth (nee Bickell), daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth (nee Barnes) and Mike Bober, granddaughter, Simone Bober, son and daughter-in-law, James and Jessica (nee Hensle) Barnes, grandson, J. Henry Barnes, brother and sister-in-law, Frederick and Jeanne (nee Liston) Barnes and brother, John Barnes, in addition to many nephews and nieces, and countless friends.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, August 26, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Charlene (Davidson) Thompson

August 31, 2013

I remember George being a senior while I was an 8th grade student. George was very sweet to me; I guess he realized that I was quite 'young' as I embarked upon my high school years. I am sure he grew up to be a wonderful man; I am sorry for your loss.

Bob & Debbie Rockford

August 25, 2013

We are so sorry for this sad time and for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Valerie Davis

August 25, 2013

Our prayers are with you, Terry Beth and family, even as George's goodness shines on in the lives of his children and grandkids. How can we forget the fun he had with Rockhurst High School theater and his pride in his children's generous service to so many, especially Elizabeth's career and Jimmy's work at University of Dallas and Simple House. George's joy in life will continue to witness Hope to us all.

August 25, 2013

I remember George fondly from our high school years at Westport High and all the times we ran into each other in the years after. My deepest sympathies to the whole Barnes family. We lost him way too soon. God Bless. Cindy Haskin(nee Major).

Katy Dunn

August 25, 2013

Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers and wishing you peace.

Jenelle Dennis

August 25, 2013

My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Barnes, Elizabeth, Jim and the entire Barnes family. I will always remember our trip to Blob's Park with Mr. Barnes with great fondness. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. Love, Nell

Michael Jeane Dickerson Havener

August 24, 2013

I remember fondly when my family would visit your family when George and Fred were not yet in school. We loved to come to Uncle Ott's and Aunt Dora's big house in the city.
May your memories bring you comfort. May your faith bring you hope. Peace, love and prayers...

Karen Zimmerman

August 24, 2013

Only met George a couple of times, but he was one of the nicest people I ever met. Will always remember the wonderful speech he made at Mike and Elizabeth's heartfelt and moving! My condolences to the Barnes family.

August 24, 2013

Thanks for everyone's support. I'm add one of my favorite photos of George and Terry
Fred Barnes

Riley Davis

August 24, 2013

To George...peace be with you. Great memories of our youth. I know you will be missed by all of us at Westport...especially the class of 66. My thoughts go out to your family.