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James Barnes


James Barnes, 72, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 5, 2017 at his home.

He was born on February 25, 1945 in Harrisburg and was the loving son of the late Louis and Ruth (Fornwalt) Barnes.

James retired from Asplundh Tree Expert Co. where he worked for 35 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and boating but his greatest love was spending time with his family. He was always joking trying to make people laugh. He was a member of the Middletown Anglers’ and Hunters’.

In addition to his parents James is preceded in death by two brothers, William Barnes and Ronald Barnes, and four sisters, Doris Barnes, Patricia Barnes, Sandra Barnes and Betty Sharp.

James is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Donna (Stoner) Barnes; two children, Donna Kreider of Middletown and James W. Gonse Sr. of Elizabethtown; five grandchildren, Ashley Kreider, Nicole Shriner Gustafson, Kristin Kuhn, James Gonse Jr. and Jestin Gonse; six great-grandchildren, Bryce, Matthew, Maddison, Jaden, Nicole and Hunter; a brother, Louis “Buddy” Barnes; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing for James on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main St., Middletown, Pa.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to invite everyone to join them for a memorial luncheon at the Middletown Anglers’ and Hunters’ on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1 p.m. Please bring your stories and memories to share with the family.

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