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Obituary - Rear Admiral Willis C. Barnes, USN

Rear Admiral Willis C. Barnes, USN

Date of Passing: July 26th, 2008

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Rear Admiral Willis C. Barnes, USN, retired, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away July 26, 2008. He was born July 8, 1921, in Utica, New York, to Joshua Clifford Barnes and Leah Paige Barnes. He graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1939 and Rear Admiral Willis C. Barnes, USN, Retired, 87, died Saturday, July 26, 2008, in attended Hamilton College for two years. In the summer of 1941, he entered the US Naval Academy and graduated in June 1944 with the Class of 1945. RADM Barnes' 33-year naval career began aboard the USS Woolsey (DD 437) which participated in the invasion of southern France, Atlantic convoy escort duty, and was at Pearl Harbor on VJ Day. He also served aboard the USS Newman K. Perry (DDR 883) and was commanding officer of the USS Grouse (AMS 15). After post-graduate study in nuclear engineering at the Massuchusetts Institute of Technology, he was assigned to the construction of the USS Saratoga (CV 60) at the New York Naval Shipyard, followed by assignment to Naval Reactors, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Washington DC, where he worked closely with Admiral Hyman G. Rickover in the development of nuclear propulsion capability for the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) submarine and the USS Bainbridge (CGN 25) guided missile cruiser. In follow-on assignments, Barnes served as Bureau of Ships Technical Representative and Assistant Manager of Operations at the Naval Reactors Office in Schenectady, New York; Repair Superintendent, Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Deputy Commander, Fleet Maintenance, Staff, Commander-in-Chief US Atlantic Fleet; Shipyard Commander, Mare Island Naval Shipyard; Fleet Maintenance Officer, Staff, Commander-in-Chief US Atlantic Fleet; retiring in 1977 as Commanding Officer, Naval Ship Engineering Center. After his retirement, he was employed by ORI, Inc. in Silver Spring, Maryland. As a skilled wood craftsman, Bill completed numerous clocks and antique furniture reproductions which now grace his home and those of his grateful children. He especially loved music, particularly classical. As a young man, he was a trombonist in the Johnnie Bradley Swing Band in Utica, New York. He also played in the Navy 10 Dance Band at the US Naval Academy and was a member of the Norfolk Fireman's Band. Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marjorie Loftus Barnes, whom he married on March 16, 1946, in Waterville, New York; daughter Barbara of Roanoke, VA; son Thomas and wife Bonnie of Canton, CT; son David and wife Amy of Gaithersburg, MD; six grandsons and cousin Leah Schwertfager of Utica, NY. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 2nd, at St. Bernard's Church, Waterville, NY, with interment immediately following at St. Bernard's Cemetery. Arrangements by Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, Waterville, NY.

Condolences:

Dear Marjorie, Barbara, Tom and David, I'm so sorry for your loss. I had planned on attending services with my mother and sister but circumstances prevented me from doing so. I remember the few times spent with your family fondly. My sincere sympathy and comfort. Janis
Janis Jones

To Marjorie and family. Although I knew Bill for a short time, I will treasure the occasions we talked and reminisced about his brilliant and magnificent navy experience. I only wish I could have served under him when I was in the navy. Shirlee and I will have you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. With sincere sympathy.
Louis C. Langone

To Marjorie and Family, Just wanted to let you know we will be with you in spirit tomorrow, sending our love and sympathy to you. We are so glad we had the opportunity to say goodby to Bill on his 87th birthday.It is wonderful he will rest in this part of the country he loved so much. Thinking of you with love.
Gladys and Bill Becker

To Marjorie and Family, Just wanted to let you know we will be with you in spirit tomorrow, sending our love and sympathy to you. We are so glad we had the opportunity to say goodby to Bill on his 87th birthday.It is wonderful he will rest in this part of the country he loved so much. Thinking of you with love.
Gladys and Bill Becker