Ralph Barnes



Ralph Barnes

Ralph Barnes, 74, of Prosser, went to be in the arms of his loving Savior, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Yakima.

He was born April 8, 1942, in Tyronza, Arkansas, the son of Claud and Millie (Cooper) Barnes.

Ralph moved to Washington from Arkansas as a young man, where he met “the love of his life,” Linda McCaskey. They were married Oct. 28, 1967. Nine months and three days later, their daughter, Christie, was born. Years later, in 1991, a granddaughter, Jessica was born, and in 1996, a grandson, Noah. That made Ralph’s life complete.

Ralph doted on his grandchildren. Grandpa was their best friend.

Ralph worked for Roza Irrigation District for 25 years. He retired in 1997.

He was a man of integrity and he was a hardworking man who believed the best in people. Most of all, he loved his family. His favorite thing to do besides being with family and friends was fishing and camping.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Barnes; daughter Christie (Kyle) Kanzler; granddaughter, Jessica Greathouse; grandson, Noah Greathouse; sisters, Rilla Mathis, Jean Roberts and Shirley Burson.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Claud and Millie Barnes and a dear brother, W.A. Barnes.

Viewing and visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Grandview.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Smith Funeral Home Grandview, with burial to follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Those wishing to sign Ralph’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.

Smith Funeral Home Grandview is in care of arrangements.


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