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Obituary for Richard E. "Dick" Barnes
Richard Eugene Barnes (Dick) of Monument, Colorado went home to heaven on September 1st, 2016 after a nearly two year struggle with ALS. He was born on October 2nd 1946 in Springfield, Missouri to Clyde and Mary Barnes.
When he was five, the family moved to Phoenix, AZ where Dick grew up and went to college, graduating from Arizona State University in 1968 with a degree in history education. Upon graduation, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), where he served until his home going. While in the college campus ministry, Dick met Marilyn Gwaltney, also a staff member, and they were married July 17, 1976 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Marilyn's hometown. They were blessed to have celebrated their 40th anniversary in July of this year.
The Lord blessed Dick and Marilyn with three children - Kristy, Dan, and Steve - and were fortunate to raise them in Colorado, first in Littleton (where they attended Cherry Hills Community Church) and then in the Colorado Springs area (where they have attended Woodmen Valley Chapel).
Over the years in Cru, Dick and Marilyn had the opportunity to travel and minister in many countries - Russia, Estonia and Latvia, the Philippines, India, China, Malawi and South Africa, Jamaica, Brazil, Turkey, and the Middle East, as well as locally. During the last ten years, they served as regional representatives in the Rocky Mountain area for the Jesus Film Project, a ministry of Cru.
"Well done, good and faithful servant! You and Dick are an integral part of our testimony of faith and Perri and I are eternally grateful to you both." Keith Baxter
"Dick ran the race well and finished with excellence. His smile and ways were so warm and genuine that even his greeting always made me feel comfortable, welcome and included." Gail Ratzlaff
"You and Uncle Dick have been so special to our family. My parents loved you so much - and made sure we knew if we needed anything we could always go to you. One of my very favorite early memories is of Uncle Dick offering me peanut m&m's. He was always so kind and gentle. He will be missed by many and loved forever." Tammy Broyles Wergin
"I remember sitting in a Bible study at a restaurant with Dick when I first met him. I was much younger and hungry spiritually. He fed me. I was in awe at his wisdom and biblical knowledge. Then becoming friends with you guys meant so much to me and my walk." Steve Klein
Dick was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Eric. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, daughter Kristy Barnes, sons Dan Barnes (Christina) and Steve Barnes (Tomira), granddaughter Cadence and grandson Rafael (who lit up his eyes whenever they were with him), brother Bill, and nieces Katie and Linda and their families.
Dick served full time with Cru and the Jesus Film for 48 years, and Marilyn still serves full time.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make a contribution to Jesus Film Project, Living Memorials, 27631 La Paz Road Suite A, Laguna Nigel, CA 92677.
The website is: jesusfilm.org/living-tributes-and-memorials. If desired, you may designate your gift to the Jesus Film translation of the AikanO tribal language in Brazil.