Richard B. Barnes

March 24, 1936 ~ August 5, 2021 (age 85)


Richard B Barnes, former resident of Tucson, and Payson Arizona, passed from this life on August 5, 2021 in Scottsdale, AZ.  He was 85 years old; born March 24, 1936, in Morgan, Utah, a son to the late Hugh Leroy and Araminta Barnes.

Richard was married to Alice Kaye Winters, his high school sweetheart, in 1955.  In their early years of marriage, Richard joined the Air Force and was stationed in various Air Force bases in the west and southwest.  With Kaye’s support, he completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at Utah State University, and eventually began his aerospace career at Hughes Aircraft in Tucson, AZ, where he and Kaye raised 5 children.  During his career at Hughes, Richard was part of the team who created and built the Phoenix Missile.  He was also a lifelong active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he served in various church callings, including that of bishop of a student ward at the University of Arizona institute of religion, which was an experience he always cherished.  He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, and enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, camping and serving in the Boy Scouts of America.  He loved to tinker and was always working on some kind of project.  He always worked hard to support his family and was a friend and mentor to many throughout the years.  He took an early retirement from Hughes in 1995 at age 59, and after 6 years of retirement, in 2001, he and Kaye decided they wanted to move to the cooler climate of Payson, AZ, where he lived until recently moving to an assisted living home in Fountain Hills, AZ. 

Richard is preceded in death by his wife, Kaye, who passed in 2003, and his 2 sons, Michael and Curtis, who both passed in 2020.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Hugh (Junior) Barnes, and Emma Lou Davis. 

Richard is survived by his daughters Karen (Schrank), Angela (Hopkins) and Dianne (Darnell), and their families.  He is also survived by his brothers Gary and Rey, and his 2nd wife, Carla Shebel Barnes, whom he married in 2003, along with her family.

Richard will be laid to rest next to his wife Kaye, in the Mountain Meadow Memorial Park located in Payson, AZ.   

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