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James "Jim" Barnes, age 73, of Sherrard, Illinois died Saturday, March 25, 2006 at Trinity at Terrace Park, Bettendorf, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Matherville, Illinois. Burial is in St. John Cemetery, Viola, Illinois. Visitation is 3 - 7 PM, Monday, March 27 with Rosary to be recited at 7:15 PM at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola. Memorials may be left for the Mercer County Nursing Home or St. Anthony Catholic Church. Jim was born July 25, 1932 in Perryton Township, Illinois, the son of Francis and Marguerite (Mier) Barnes. He married Eleanor Franck, January 28, 1956 at St. Ambrose Church, Milan. He graduated from Joy High School and St. Ambrose College. Jim served two years in the Army. He retired from John Deere Parts Warehouse, Milan in 1994. Jim enjoyed Bluegrass music and was the founder of the Annual Bluegrass Festival in Aledo. He also enjoyed Standard Bred Horse Racing. He was a member of the Mercer County Board, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2019, Matherville, United States Trotting Association, Illinois Harness Horse Asscoiation, UAW Local 79 and St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Matherville. He is survived by his wife Eleanor Barnes, Sherrard, Illinois, a son; Tim Barnes, Ashland City, TN, daughters and spouses; Theresa Panther and Dennis Goben, Preemption, IL, Mary Kenney, Aledo, IL, Cathy and Craig Wonderlich, Moline, IL, Carol and Richard Bode, McLean, IL, Sarah and Jim Norburg, Wilmington, NC and Margaret Wagner, Roanoke, IL, 15 grandchildren; Tara, Ross, and Morgan Barnes, Adam, Kelly and Melissa Panther, Jolena Kenney, Valerie Smith, Salena Hutchins, Tyrel, Jeffrey and Charles Klein, Jessica Norburg and Josh and Kirby Wagner, 8 step grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 12 step great grandchildren, sister; Marilyn DeClerck, Reynolds, IL, a brother John Michael Barnes, Crossville, TN and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, James Panther and Benjamin Kenney.
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