Esther "Butchie" Rae (Waltermier) Barnard

July 31, 1937June 22, 2020

Esther "Butchie" Rae Barnard, 82, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away on June 22, 2020. She was born on July 31, 1937 in Kokomo, Indiana the daughter of Ernest Waltermier and Frances Waltermier (Smillie). On August 8, 1954 she married Arthur L. Barnard who proceeded her in death.

Butchie enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sporting events, playing bingo at the Senior Center, and playing the slots at the casino. She enjoyed cooking and made the best carrot cake and cinnamon rolls. Every year she was a participant in the Howard County Relay for Life as a breast cancer survivor. Butchie recently served as the President of the Senior Center KOFF and previously served in other roles. She retired from Dick Sanburn Sporting Goods and GM in Kokomo.

Surviving relatives include one son, David Lee Barnard (Cescily) of Greentown, IN; two sisters, Pat Browning and Dee Hayes of Kokomo, IN; grandchildren, Tiffany Barnard, Ashlee Forkner, Abby Forkner, Anthony Barnard, Brittany Barnard, Jackson Richards, Bella Richards; several great granchildren, nieces and nephews, and special friends Cari and Jack Richards.

She was proceeded in death by parents, husband, brother Bob Waltermier, sister Shirley Prater, and grandson Kyle David Barnard.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Monday, June 29, 2020 at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home 2097 West Alto Road Kokomo, Indiana 46902. Burial will follow at Kokomo Memorial Park in Kokomo, Indiana. Visitation will be 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Monday, June 29, 2020 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Howard County Relay for Life at Online guest book at


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Esther "Butchie" Rae (Waltermier) Barnard

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Marjorie Bowyer

June 29, 2020

I am happy that Butch came into my life. She made exercise fun.

Jessie Gillam

June 24, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Butch passing. My deepest sympathy.
I’m sure going to miss her, and always her smile.♥️🌹

Jeanie Hawes

June 24, 2020

So happy to have heard you laugh one more time this past weekend. I told you I liked your blanket and it looked like one from Kohl’s. You laughed and said “I love Kohl’s”. Sure will miss you Aunt Butchie.
Lots of love,