Duane Barnhart, 92, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in his home from a sudden illness. A gathering will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories Stateroom. The memorial service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories by Cedar Memorial Certified Celebrant Dr. James Coyle. Inurnment: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his life companion, Mae Howes; his children, Steven (Carola Marcano) Barnhart of Mission, Texas, Larry (Donna Bonci) Barnhart of Nicholasville, Ky., Michael (Beth Richardson) Barnhart of Toddville, Janan Barnhart of Hiawatha, Sara (David) Olson of Iowa City, Dave (Brenda) Howes of Chetek, Wis., and Laurie (Ted) Downes of Naperville, Ill.; his brother, William Barnhart of Punta Gorda, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Betty Beck.
Duane was born Feb. 26, 1924, in Bloomfield, Iowa, the son of John and Neva (Shepherd) Barnhart. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in chemical engineering in 1948. He worked as an engineer and manager for Norton Co. in Worcester, Mass., for 33 years.
Upon retirement, he returned to Iowa to assist his parents with the family farm. He also volunteered at Family Services Inc., the Science Station and served on the Linn County Zoning Commission for nine years.
Later in retirement, he enjoyed travel, golf, gardening and spending time with his family.
Duane served in the Army during World War II, receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during the Philippines Campaign.
Please leave a message for the family on the web page, www.cedarmemorial.com, under obituaries.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army in memory of Duane.
Posted on Thursday, 11 August 2016