Jerry Blaine Barnes, 81, a Dry Ridge, resident died Friday, April 14, 2023, at his residence. Born Saturday, Aug. 9, 1941, in Grant County, he was the son of the late Jerry Newton and Mary Margaleane (Boswell) Barnes.
On Oct. 24, 1970, Jerry was united in marriage to the former Deborah Kay Wyatt, who survives. Upon graduating from Grant County High School in 1960, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. For 30 years he was a Locomotive Engineer for L & N Railroad which later became CSX Railroad.
He was an antique gun and two-cylinder John Deere Tractor collector; he was also a frequent exhibitor at the National Gun Day and Jag Military Gun Show in Louisville, Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show in Tulsa, OK, the Tanner Gun Show in Denver, CO, as well as many other gun shows throughout the country. He held memberships in the Ohio Gun Collectors Association, the Kentuckiana Arms Collectors Association and Stringtown Christian Church. He was the proud owner of six English Bulldogs throughout the years.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Debbie Barnes; one son: Jerry Blaine Barnes II of Dry Ridge; and two brothers, Victor (Lyn Petz) Barnes of Demossville, and Dave (Darlene) Barnes of Villa Hills. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Visitation was on Tuesday April 18, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stanley Funeral Homes — Williamstown. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Kevin Murphy officiating. Private burial will take place at KVC-N the following day.
Memorial contributions to: St. Jude Research Hospital or Wounded Warrior Project.
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