Obituary Ben Barnes

Benjamin Edward Barnes

February 6, 2013

Benjamin Edward Barnes, 28 year old Worland resident, passed away on February 6, 2013, at his childhood home after numerous surgeries during his 19-month battle with cancer. Ben was surrounded by his loving family at the end of his determined fight.

Ben was born in Thermopolis on October 9, 1984 to Ed and Jeannine (Carswell) Barnes. He attended grade school in Thermopolis and Gillette, and moved to Worland in 1994, graduating from Worland Senior High School in 2003. While in high school he joined the Wyoming National Guard where he completed boot camp and AIT. While attending college in Sheridan he was called to duty.  In 2004 he went on his first deployment to Iraq and in 2009 he went to Texas for his second deployment, but was held back because of knee surgery.  Ben operated as a Cannoner until 2007, and then was a Crew Chief of a multiple artillery rocket system among various other duties.  In 2010 he was honorably discharged.

Ben loved being outdoors in all kinds of weather and especially loved hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes, and 4 wheeling. In particular Ben loved hunting deer and elk.  He killed his first bull elk at age 12 and his first 6x6 with a bow at age 15.  Ben’s best friend and hunting partner was his dad.

Ben worked at Ed’s Welding and Diversified Services, Inc, alongside his dad as a welder and equipment operator.  He was a born Again Christian and was teaching his children to love God, and to love their neighbors and be fair with everyone.

Ben was preceded in death by his grandparents, Allen & Agatha Carswell, aunt, Joyce Heberling Warren, and cousin Jody Piercy.

Ben is survived by his children; daughter Janie, 4 and son Lane, 3, parents, Ed & Jeannine, sister Brittainy (Aaron) Schoeneweis, and Kristi (Thomas)Weir, nieces, Sierra and Cambria, nephews, Brendan and Caden, Grandparents; Kay and Gary Ullman, Roger Barnes, aunts and uncles; Wayne and Kim Carswell and family, Paul and Judy Carswell and family, Ron and Sam Carswell, and Ken Carswell,Michelle and Isaac Alford and family, Tamie Moon and family, uncle Travis, great aunts, Debbie (Vince) Arkell, Sandy (Howard) Kimmel, Jean (Len) Piercy, Punky (Leo) Johnson, and his extended family and his military brothers and sisters. Ben was grateful for all who came by to visit and pray with him. The family was so touched by the staff at Washakie Medical Center and the Community Home Health, the American Legion Post 117 in Billings and Post 44 in Worland for their care and support.

Memorial services will be held 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Worland Middle School Auditorium with Pastor Larry Ramsfield officiating. The Wyoming National Guard and members of the Worland American Legion post #44 will provide military honors. Memorial donations may be made in Ben Barnes name for a benefit fund that has been set up for his children in care of Bryant Funeral Home PO Box 524 Worland, WY 82401.  Online condolences may be made at