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Carl L. “Barney” Barnhart

Carl L. “Barney” Barnhart, 90, passed away Feb. 19, at Pondera Medical Center Extended Care of natural causes.

Graveside services will be held Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at Lakeview Cemetery.  Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Barney was born Oct. 3, 1922 in Reedsville, Ohio, and attended school there.  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during World War II serving in the European Theater.  After the war he was stationed in Great Falls.  It was there he met the love of his life, Valma Russell.  She was singing “As Time Goes By” at a gathering for the service men that was broadcasted over KFBB radio.
They were married in 1946 and began their life together in Reedsville. There, oldest son, Charles, was born in Parkersburg, W.V.  They came back to Montana for a short time when Barney worked for his wife’s uncle.  Their second son, Garey, was born in Montana and they moved again to Reedsville where Barney was employed as a millwright for Union Carbide.  Their youngest son, Donald, was also born in Parkersburg.  He owned a used car lot in Reedsville. 

Barney was active in the community coaching Little League baseball, serving as an Olive County road trustee, President of his union at Union Carbide plant, and active in the building of two elementary schools and the high school in Reedsville.

Following retirement they purchased a home in Valier.  Barney served on the Valier Town Council.

Barney and Valma and their son, Garey, spent many hours fishing the many lakes and streams in the area and enjoyed several trips to Jackpot, Nev.

They had moved into the Horizon Lodge in 2008.  A couple years later Barney suffered a stroke and the couple moved into the Pondera Medical Center Extended Care facility in 2010.  Valma passed away in 2011 and Barney lived at PMC until his passing.

Survivors include sons, Charles Barnhart and Donald Barnhart of Reedsville, Ohio and Garey Barnhart of Valier; several grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marie Lettenga of Conrad and Ruth Nelson of Grants, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews that admired Barney as a “father figure”.

He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Valma.