Walter Dwayne Barnes

July 24, 1949October 26, 2013

Walter Dwayne Barnes, 64, of Olathe, KS passed away on October 26, 2013. Funeral services will be 10:30am, Thursday, October 31st at McGilley & Frye Funeral Home, 105 E. Loula St, Olathe, with burial in Leavenworth National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7pm, Wednesday at McGilley & Frye.

Walter was born on July 24, 1949 in Fort Worth, Texas to Walter VanBuren and Ollie Mae Stegall. He grew up in the Assembly of God Church.

He married Linda Wild, May 31, 1974, and to this union were born six children. Walter was an Army veteran who served his country in Vietnam. He was an active and lifetime member of VFW Post 2993 – Olathe. He touched many lives through his love of coaching youth sports in both Fort Worth, Texas and Olathe, Kansas.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Sonja Harrlee.

Mr. Barnes is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda of the home; six children, John David Barnes of Edwardsville, KS, Philip Dwayne Barnes of Portland, OR, Theresa Mae Barnes Winfree and Brent of Gardner, KS, Matthew Keith Barnes and Erica of Overland Park, KS, Mary Cecelia Barnes and Mike Monteil of Overland Park, KS and Paul VanBuren Barnes and Corina of Olathe, KS; eight grandsons, four granddaughters and one great grandson.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 31, 2013
  • Burial with Military Honors Thursday, October 31, 2013

Walter Dwayne Barnes

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Nancy Cariglio

November 21, 2013

Linda: My prayers are with you and your family! I pray God will send you the strength to get through this. As you surround yourself with your kids and grandkids, you will be able to feel the love that you and your husband shared for so many years. Take care and God bless you all!
Love, Nancy C.~

Sharon Taylor

October 31, 2013

Linda and family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy. Praying for peace and strength during this time. Time and memories will help to heal your heart.
God bless you during this difficult time.


Sandie Kelly

October 31, 2013

Please know that we all send our love and support to you and your family. These are sad times, but you have an inner strength that will be with you.

Kim Wasko

October 31, 2013

Linda; I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Know that you are in my thoughts.

Jeanne Coday

October 30, 2013

Linda: My heart aches for you during this time of loss for you and your family. May God bless you and keep you close to him. If you need anything let me know.

Lynn Gentry

October 30, 2013

Linda, I am so sorry!

Lee Jost

October 30, 2013

Linda, I am praying for you, blessings to you and your family. May the prayers and wishes of your friends rise like incense to our Heavenly Father and bring you fragrant peace today and in the days to come.

October 30, 2013

On behalf of everyone at DOAF, please accept our heartfelt sympathy. I am sure that I speak for all of us when i say that you are in our hearts and thoughts at this time.
Mike Anderson
Downtown Olathe Arts Festival, Inc.

Loren & Vinnie Griffin

October 30, 2013

Dear Linda & Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Phillip W.

October 30, 2013

To Linda: Please know I cry for you just a little each day in this sudden loss you've had to endure. I also find solace in knowing God's plan for you and your family has been a blessed one, having Walt in your lives. It was a wonderful 40 years, full of memories to keep you going for the next 40 as you hold his memory close to your heart.

John, Philip, Theresa, Matt, Mary and Paul: Your daddy was the kindest and most understanding man I ever met, yet with the few words he spoke he always had so much to say. Of all the goodness in him, the greatest gifts he gave this world were his children, for all of you are the best parts of him.

May his warm smile from heaven keep your family blessed through life's continued journey, and may you also find comfort in knowing he's peacefully watching over you. The things in your lives touched by his soul will be many.