William Robert Barnett

July 3, 1922January 19, 2014

William Robert Barnett, July 3, 1922 - January 19, 2014 “Well done, thy good and faithful servant—enter into the joy of the Lord.” Matthew 25:21 Bill Bob Barnett was born on Tittle’s Ranch in Collingsworth County, Texas, the seventh child of Robert Bascomb and Cordelia Martin Barnett. Due to his disrupted early education, he developed a special empathy for children who face challenges in school. Bill graduated from high school in Odessa, Texas, in 1940. He continued his education at Southwestern Institute of Technology, Weatherford, Oklahoma, where he met Edith Patterson with whom he shared sixty-five years of marriage. It was also at this time that Bill made the decision to accept Jesus as his Savior and live his life by Biblical principles. In 1943, Bill obtained an official birth certificate which changed his name to William Robert. After attending the U.S. Naval Academy for one year he served on active duty in the Navy for two years. Bill then graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1947 and a Master’s Degree in 1949. Bill and Edith married in 1945, and both taught school in several small Oklahoma towns until they moved with their two daughters to Pueblo in 1953. A son was born in 1954. Bill taught in School District 60 beginning at the historic Hinsdale Elementary. He served as principal there for many years as well as at Riverside, Belle Plain, Haaff, and South Park Elementary. He took great pleasure in his career and made many lasting friendships with colleagues and students. During his career, he was active in several educational associations and Lions Club International. In retirement, Bill fulfilled his lifelong dream of ranching. He and Edith moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in 1984, where he raised cattle on his Anchor Oaks Ranch for nine happy years. After returning to Pueblo, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. During the course of his life, Bill lived out Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” He and Edith were active in Baptist churches wherever they lived. He was a gentle man, humble, well-spoken, principled, a man of integrity, loyal to his faith and his family. Bill will be remembered for his sparkling blue eyes, his quick wit and dry sense of humor, his passion for education and his love for children. He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and two sisters; wife, Edith; and son, Pat. He leaves to celebrate his life and legacy, daughters, Neta Sue (Dennis) Shearer, Virginia (Randy) Gunther; daughter-in-law, Becky (Steve) Hahn; grandchildren, Mandy (Larry) Anderson, Becky (Frank) Cortese, Beki (Chris) Harding, Rob (Ann) Gunther, Brian and David Barnett; great-grandchildren, Kylie and Jason Anderson, Caden, Brayden and Aden Harding, Ava and A.J. Cortese, and Roman Gunther; also numerous dear nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to Habitat for Humanity International, P.O. Box 449, Americus, Georgia 31709-8908, or to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 2178, Pueblo, Colorado 81004. Bill’s family owes a debt of gratitude to the entire staff of the Chateau at Sharmar, who have lovingly and respectfully cared for him for six years and most especially to those caregivers in the Memory Unit. We also appreciate the care given by Sangre de Cristo Hospice in Bill’s last days. A celebration of his life and home going will be held at Aberdeen Baptist Church, 301 Cleveland, 1:30 p.m., Friday, January 24, 2014. Online condolences at Arrangements by TG McCarthy Funeral Home. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7


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Chuck Martinez

February 18, 2015

Dear Ginny and Suzi:

My heart reaches out to you both. Your Mom and Dad were very kind to me. I was always welcome in your home and treated with respect.

Love, Chuck Martinez

January 27, 2014

Dear Ginny,Susie and Families,
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father.We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Judy and Harvey Rodgers

Edgar & Cheryl Curtis

January 25, 2014

We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Barnett at his Grandaughter Bekki's Wedding in Alaska several years ago. We've often thought of him over the years as someone we were happy to have crossed paths with. He and Edgar hit it off right away swapping stories about the best ways to strip and wax floors and their good memories and experiences of working in schools. What a joy he was! We will remember your family in our prayers.

Larry Hoge

January 23, 2014

He was Principal at Haaff during my 3rd through 6th years. I remember him very well. A very nice person. He even gave me swats in the 4th grade. But they were very easy. My sympathy to his family and friends. Larry Hoge

Maria Vega Clark

January 22, 2014

To the Family of Mr. Barnett May God's loving hands touch each and everyone of you offering you all sweet comfort. I was a former student of Hindsdale School and I will forever remember Mr. Barnett's smile and how it was a comfort to me as a child. He is a very wonderful person who cared much about everybody. God Bless you all.

Roy Heinbuch

January 22, 2014

Joan and I wish to express our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Dad. It was a long journey home, but he is now there in the loving arms of Jesus.
Roy and Joan Heinbuch

Laurie Thompson

January 22, 2014

To the family and friends of Mr. Barnett. I will miss him. He was a wonderful principal at South Park Elementary School. May you each find comfort in God and know that Mr. Barnett is home now. God bless! Laurie (Santistevan) Thompson.

Lloyd Vigil

January 22, 2014

To the family of Bill and Edith, I would like to express my condolances to you all regarding the loss of Bill. I greatly enjoyed the long conversations that I was able to have with him while Nora cared for them in their home. The obituary written says it all about him but what I enjoyed most was his dry sense of humor. I will always remember your father and mother fondly and wish God's blessings for you all.
Lloyd Vigil