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Vancouver Funeral Chapel

110 East 12Th Street, Vancouver, WA

OBITUARY

Larry Clarence Barnhart

May 25, 1960October 21, 2019

Larry – dad, brother and friend to so many -- passed away, in comfort, at Elaine and Don Heimbigner Hospice Care Center after a 17 month battle with GBM (glioblastoma brain cancer). He is welcomed into the BIG car lot in heaven by his parents; Norma June Barnhart and William “Bill” Clifton Barnhart. Thank you to all who have crossed his path over his lifetime, especially those who have visited with and assisted Larry over these last few months…oh, those blue eyes! Growing up on Hansen Lane in Woodland, Larry enjoyed building model airplanes and blowing them up! He also enjoyed designing model train scenes, riding his bicycle and motorcycle and being a “kid” in a great neighborhood. Larry’s a 1978 Woodland High School graduate and started his working career at Whimpy’s Restaurant. Once graduated, Larry cut fire trails, logged and worked on a dredge. He finally settled into a rewarding 36-year career at Kalama Export Company’s grain terminal where he recently retired. Most often you could find Larry snacking on M&Ms or baking ginger snap cookies and giving them away to friends. Mowing the grass on his mountain brought him a great peace. For those who knew Larry, the hunt for a new car/Jeep/truck was his real passion; opportunities to not only see behind garage doors but more importantly to meet a new friend. The coffee shops Larry frequented will be a little quieter. Please raise a cup and spread a little kindness in remembrance. He was a special person and will be missed by all. Seth, his son, was his pride and joy. And in April the joy expanded when Seth and his wife Britney brought their daughter Saoirse into the world. Larry is survived by siblings, Carol (John) Crowe of Wauwatosa, WI, Keith (Donna) Barnhart of Woodinville, WA, Karen (Randy) Cassidy of Park City, UT and Eddie Barnhart of La Center, WA; nieces and nephews, Jessica, Korey, Sam, Peter and Tearie; great-nieces and nephews, Cameron, Christian, Hannah, Brody, Chloe, Sarah, Shayde and Colt. A Celebration of Life will be held next summer in the Woodland area however our family would appreciate it if you would “share a memory” on Larry’s Vancouver Funeral Chapel’s guest books at www.vancouverfuneralchapel.net and www.columbian.com/obits.

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Mark Moir

October 31, 2019

With Larry, where do I start! He was a wonderful friend always up for an adventure, saying at times we’ve never done that before, let’s do it. Even when we were doing things that we had done a bunch of times he always made it seem new and refreshing. Some of these adventures would be swap meets, car shows and military events. He encouraged me into getting a World War 2 Jeep saying “You are going to have so much fun with that thing and you will build memories that your granddaughters will never forget”. He was right about that. He would say let’s all get together and take the jeeps to Dairy Queen for an ice cream. We would park all the Jeeps next to each other and visitors to Dairy Queen were always in for a treat if they wanted to know about the vehicles. Larry could start a conversation with anybody. He could find something in common with just about everyone. Larry would engage in a conversation and add another 10 minute friend to his list. He had more 10 minute friends then anyone I ever knew!
I think though, it was his sense of humor and willingness to share with others that really stand out to me. Two of my granddaughters went to visit him one time and prior to leaving, Raegen only 8 years old at the time was driving his Jeep named Heather. Remington, 5 at the time was content to be driven around the yard by her sister. Both of them still talk about it today. Remington has a special place in her heart for Larry. Remington always wanted to drive past his place to see if Larry was there and if he was always wanted to stop by. Just the other day she said to me that Larry was her favorite adult ever! That is quite a testament to his character.
I could go on for days talking about Larry and the time that he spent with my family. He will be greatly missed but our memories of him will keep him with us forever.

Sara Hutchinson

October 31, 2019

Larry was a generous and loyal friend. His generosity came in the form of his TIME that he made for the people he cared about. Sharing conversation over coffee at the kitchen table was very special to him and Larry loved life and the outdoors. Taking long drives in his open windowed Jeep, going to the hot springs, and attending the Lovestreet Playhouse (theater) in Woodland will always be with me. He is Dearly missed.

Amber Konway

October 30, 2019

I lived next to Larry's big shop in town. He was always happy, fun to have a conversation with and always willing to help me with anything. When he would have a fire going he would invite me and my two kids over to have some s'mores. My kids still talk about when Larry let them drive his awesome old military jeep with him and they will for years to come.

Sue Buck

October 29, 2019

I was a classmate of Larry's from 1st grade through 12th. I have many memories of him that I could share, but mostly it was his eyes, and smile. He was good friends with my cousin, Dennis. We used to hang out, watch videos, etc every time I came home to Woodland from Seattle where I had moved following high school. Life got really busy after awhile, and though I moved back home eventually, I did not see him often anymore. High school reunions basically. But he would come over and talk with me for awhile. I wish that I could have more to say, but mostly my memory of him is a FEELING. Energies. A feeling of peace and mutual respect, and trust. May God hold Larry close, and his closest friends and especially family closer.

Michelle O'Flynn

October 29, 2019

Larry will be greatly missed. He was a great friend to many. I didn't know him as well as I know his siblings, but he was always friendly, shared a smile, and who will ever forget those blue eyes!

Diann Hollister (Morrison)

October 29, 2019

Larry had a smile that could light up more than just a room and he always had so much to chat about. I rarely saw him in the last several years but when I did he always brightened my day. RIP Larry. Sending prayers to his family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY