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Robert Barnes
February 22, 1955 -- September 06, 2018

Robert (Bob) Lee Barnes, 63 of Garland, Texas passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in his home.

He was born February 22, 1955 in Peoria, Illinois the son of Marion (Skip) Barnes and Shirley (Smith) Barnes.

Surviving family include his partner Ann Miller of Austin, TX, Skip Barnes (Jean) of Monticello, IN, brother Scott Barnes (Robin) of Washington, IL, step-sister Lisa Buck (Jeff) and step-brother Matt Barnes (Dawn) of Indianapolis, IN, son Robert Barnes Jr of Storrs, CT, Daughters, Stephanie Barnes of Dallas, Texas and Rachel Fisher of Overland, KS. His nephews and nieces include – Mike (Emily) Barnes of Peoria, Katy Barnes of Chicago, Matt Buck, Ethan Buck, and Alex Barnes all of Indianapolis. His Mother Shirley Barnes preceded him in death.

Bob graduated from Richwoods HS in 1973 and joined the US Army and was stationed in Maryland.

Bob led a bit of a vagabond life calling Illinois, Indiana, Arizona, Las Vegas and New Mexico home throughout his life but ultimately ended up in Texas. He made a living by working in the audio/visual and distance learning profession, but his passion was sailing. He loved being out on the water. He had a competitive spirit but more than that he wanted to share the sport with others. Anyone could always find a spot on his boat and he was happy to teach anyone who wanted to learn. He sailed on an Americas Cup boat in San Francisco but the highlight for him was being part of the crew on Medusa for a 2nd place finish in the Swiftsure race in Victoria BC 2 years ago.


There will be a celebration of life in Rowlett Texas, Sunday, September 16th at 1:00 PM at the Bayside Sailing Club and in East Peoria, IL on Saturday, September 29th at the East Port Banquet Center at 11:00 AM.


In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Cancer Society - Relay for Life, PO Box 22718 Oklahoma OK, 73123. Please note that this donation is in honor of Robert L Barnes, and please include your contact information.


Rosemary Manges September 07, 2018

former collegue at Region 10 Rowlett , Texas

My sympathies to all of Bob's family. He was a very special man who was witty, intelligent but most of all a true gentleman. He will ne missed.

Rosemary Manges September 07, 2018

former collegue at Region 10 Rowlett , Texas

My sympathies to all of Bob's family. He was a very special man who was witty, intelligent but most of all a true gentleman. He will ne missed.

Kimberly Simmons September 09, 2018

Friends Troup , Texas

I want to send my hugs, and love to Bobs family and friends. He and I have been the best of friends, co-workers, and have had some of the best memories of my life. Bob and enjoyed family events, and just each other’s time always. He knew me like a book and has helped me through so much in my life as well as kept me smiling always. I love him and miss him dearly. It is worth a broken heart I have send this message. However as Bob would tell me we don’t live forever make the most of life. RIP my sweet friend. Prayers for the family.

Kimberly Simmons September 09, 2018

Friend Troup , Texas

It is with a broken Heart I send my deepest sympathies to Bobs family and friends. Bob and I have been friends, and coworkers for about 10 years. We have shared family events, many laughs, and he truly has been there to help me in so many ways. That is who Bob was, always their to help, listen, and accept me for just me. I miss you sweet friend.

Chris Kanouse September 10, 2018

Work colleague Rockwall , Texas

Bob and I started at Region 10 the same year and enjoyed a warm friendship throughout the years. My husband and I enjoyed sailing with Bob and he was always available for help when needed. He enjoyed “babysitting” our 1800 Honda GoldWing and riding it whenever he was able. The memories he leaves with me enrich my life.

Kelly Skwarek September 10, 2018

Wylie , Texas

Bob was a generous, kind man with a teacher's heart. He was generous with his time and would help us out anytime for anything. He was always kind. He had a smile and was upbeat and enthusiastic about not only the current technology we had but the possibilities for what was just on the horizon. I know he now sailing around the world, wind in his face and just loving every minute of it. I hope for all the family there is some comfort knowing how beloved he was at Region 10. Hugs

Glenys Wright September 11, 2018

co worker Richardson , Texas

He was a very nice man. Rest in Peace.

Ernestine Townsend September 11, 2018

Co-worker Richardson , Texas

Always a smile, always a willingness to provide assistance. He will be missed by all who new. The Commodores sang a song called: 'SAIL ON'. One stanza in the song says: Yes, I'll be on my way, I won't be back to stay, I guess I'll move along, I'm looking for a good time; Sail on down the line. Sail on Bob.

Priscilla Wright September 11, 2018

friend Littleton , Colorado

Bob was always such a cheerful and smiling friend! He always made me laugh and I am so saddened by his sudden passing. My heart goes out to his family and just know he was a well-liked classmate who will be missed by many...

Derek Nugent September 12, 2018

Friend at work Wylie , Texas

Thank you so much for the conversation. I loved to hear you about your interests. I was always pleasantly surprised when our paths crossed. You are missed!

Sherry Harmon September 14, 2018

Friend/coworker Terrell , Texas

I started in video conferencing in 2001. Bob is always available to help us in the field and he was easy to work for. We always laughed and had fun while we worked together. He touched the lives of so many people in his work and when he sailed too. Our prayers are with his family.