Omaha native Dr. Jack Barnes and Missouri Valley, Iowa, had a mutual love affair.
He began practicing medicine there in 1960, retiring in 2002. He and his wife, Janet, raised their nine children there. He was president of the medical staff at the town hospital for 20 years. And he served 39 years as the county's medical examiner.
The town designated June 21 as Jack and Janet Barnes Day after he was named Iowa Family Physician of the Year in 1997. Barnes was named the city's Citizen of the Year when he retired. Barnes' former office building was rededicated as the John W. Barnes Wellness Center in 2005. And the county gave its Byways of Excellence Award to Barnes in 2008.
A funeral Mass for John W. "Jack" Barnes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive in Omaha.
He died Saturday at the Omaha home he shared with his wife of 56 years.
The 81-year-old doctor had Parkinson's disease and congestive heart failure, said daughter Kim Manning of Omaha.
"He had a very full life. He was a very busy person," she said.
Barnes' loves were family, patients and the Creighton University Bluejays basketball team. He had been a season ticket holder since the 1960s, she said, and was an active member of the Creighton Jaybackers and a member of the Coaches Circle.
Bruce Rasmussen, CU athletic director, was a longtime friend of Barnes'. "Doc's one of those real special guys," he said. "He rarely missed a game, and he was typically the first one there when the door opened."
Barnes, who was born and reared in Omaha, graduated from Creighton University and, in 1955, from its School of Medicine. He interned at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.
CU's School of Medicine gave Barnes its Alumni Merit Award in 2010.
Besides being board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice, he had other professional affiliations, including membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.
Barnes was also on the Iowa Academy of Family Practice Board of Trustees and the Alumni Advisory Board of the CU School of Medicine. He was a Harrison County delegate from 1958 through 2002 to the Iowa Medical Society, was past president of the Harrison County Medical Society and was a board member of the Alegent Health Community Memorial Hospital Foundation of Missouri Valley.
Barnes was preceded in death by son Daniel G. Barnes.
Besides his wife and daughter, other survivors include children Kelly Beckel of Marshalltown, Iowa, Kerri Hector of Omaha, John D. Barnes of Alexandria, Va., Kallen Glidden of Omaha, Kristine Barnes of Omaha, Timothy Barnes of Omaha and Kara Barnes of Washington, D.C.; and 11 grandchildren.
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