1920 - 2012
Paul Barnes was born May 15, 1920 in Missouri and was one of six siblings, he died March 8, 2012.
He was part of the “Greatest Generation” and proudly served in the Navy during World War II. In 1941 he served aboard the USS Tuscaloosa as a petty officer third class electrician mate and soon advanced to second class.
The Navy selected him to join the V12 Program and sent him to the University of Illinois to study electrical engineering. In 1944, he transferred to the University of Texas where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree. When he left the Navy he was employed by General Electric and moved to Milwaukee, Wis. with his wife, Eleanore.
In 1962, they were transferred to Phoenix, Ariz. where they remained until Mr. Barnes retired in 1979. At that time they moved to their summer home in Payson, Ariz.
Mr. Barnes loved hiking, getting together with family and friends and tending to his two-acre garden in Whispering Pines. He was a member of the Whispering Pines Volunteer Fire Department for many years.
Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by brothers, James and Sonny; and sisters, Helen and Loretta.
He is survived by his brother, David and sister-in-law Carol Barnes of Sun City West, Ariz. Also surviving are his wife of 65 years, Eleanore; daughter, Sharon Waterbury; son, Wayne Barnes; grandchildren, Brian Waterbury, Chris Waterbury, Danielle Leal and Jeff Barnes; and eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Mr. Barnes’ life will be held at 1 p.m., April 13 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix.