1928 - January 28, 2012
Former Hayden resident Marvin “Pete” Delbert Barnes died Jan. 28, 2012, after a two-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 83.
A memorial service is at 11 a.m. May 17, 2012, at Cedaredge United Methodist Church in Cedaredge, with Pastor Debra Edwards officiating and ceremonies by the Order of the Eastern Star and Fraternal Order of the Masons Lodge No. 136 as well as military honors presented by Colorado Army National Guard Honor Guard.
A second memorial service is at 1 p.m. May 19, 2012, at Hayden Congregational Church, with Pastor Janet Babish officiating and ceremonies by the Order of the Eastern Star and Fraternal Order of the Masons Lodge No. 126.
Marvin “Pete” Delbert Barnes was born Feb. 8, 1928, to Marvin Bishop and Marjorie Vail Barnes in Hayden. He spent his childhood there and graduated from Hayden Union High School in 1946.
Pete was proud to serve his country in the Army during the Korean War. After two years in the service, he came home, and on Dec. 28, 1951, he married the love of his life, Constance “Connie” Louise Weyand. Pete and Connie were blessed with almost 57 years of wonderful marriage before Connie’s passing in October 2008.
Pete farmed in the Hayden area until the couple moved to Cedaredge in 1973, where he spent the next few years farming in Hayden during the summers and selling real estate in Cedaredge during the winters. He retired from real estate to enjoy his many interests, including fishing on Grand Mesa, singing, fly tying and the Eastern Star. He volunteered with his church and in the community, which included serving on several church boards and singing in the church choir. Pete was always available to help out wherever needed.
Pete was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star Spruce Chapter No. 129 and the Hayden Chapter No. 99 and the Fraternal Order of the Masons Lodge in Eckert and Hayden. He also sang with the Black Canyon Barbershop Group for several years.
Pete is survived by his son Randal Barnes and Agbenu family, of Ghana, West Africa; daughter Melanie Gray and her husband Robert (Buzz) Gray, of Olathe, and their children Ashley Mehas and her boyfriend Donald (Chip) Fletcher; Donald (DJ) and Eryn Mehas and their son Landon, of Denver; Quintin and Tammy Gray and their children Sebastian Chavez and Benjamin Gray; and Adam and Bobbie Gray and their children Skye and River Walker, of Olathe.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; sons Michael and Roger Barnes; and brothers Jack and Robert Barnes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Spruce Chapter No. 129 c/o Alice Sandburg, 16492 Cedar Park Road, Eckert, CO 81418; or Hayden Chapter No. 99, P.O. Box 1285, Hayden, CO 81639; or Hospice of Montrose, P.O. Box 1804, Montrose, CO 81401; or the International Myeloma Foundation at www.myeloma.org.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory. View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.taylorfuneralservice.com.