In memory of
Roy E. Barnes
(News story) Roy E. Barnes, an associate professor in education who managed the periodicals collection at the University of Toledo, died Feb. 6 of pancreatic cancer at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He was 86. Mr. Barnes, who lived in South Toledo, was on the university faculty for more than 35 years, much of that as the serials librarian in charge of buying newspapers, journals, and magazines for Carlson Library and getting them bound, said his son, Paul Barnes. At one time he taught classes in library science at the university's Scott Park campus. Professor Barnes retired in 1992, but he continued to work one quarter a year for the university for seven years and remained a season ticketholder with his wife, the late Shirley Barnes, for 50 years, loyally attending UT football and basketball games. He was born May 27, 1930, to Hazel and Earl Barnes. The family lived on a farm near Swanton when he was born but then moved into Swanton. He graduated from Swanton High School in 1948, traveled to Arizona for the summer, and then came back and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, his son said. Mr. Barnes served four years, until 1952, the last two years in Korea where he saw combat. In later years, Mr. Barnes was active in the Korean War Veterans Association. "He was proud to have served, definitely," Paul Barnes said. Mr. Barnes said his father's four brothers also served in the military. In 2014, Mr. Barnes walked in the Memorial Day Parade and participated in a ceremony at the Civic Center Mall for those lost in combat. After the war, Mr. Barnes enrolled at UT, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in education and a post-graduate education specialist degree as well, his son said. Paul Barnes said his father was quiet but also outgoing. "He would talk to anybody and everybody. If he was somewhere he didn't sit back. He would meet the people wherever he was," the younger Mr. Barnes said. Retired UT administrator Alan Hogan, who was director of library systems, recalled Mr. Barnes as "a great guy," who told humorous stories. "He told us a lot of stories about the Marine Corps," Mr. Hogan said. He said Mr. and Mrs. Barnes lived for a time in graduate and married student housing that was on the west side of campus and since has been demolished. He said Mr. Barnes was good at his job and had several staff working for him. In retirement Mr. Barnes volunteered at Toledo Hospital delivering mail and flowers a couple of times a week, and at Glenwood Lutheran Church where he was a church member. He is survived by sons, Paul Barnes and Carl Barnes; brothers, Dale and Marvin Barnes; sister, Esther Finney; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Glenwood Lutheran Church, 2545 Monroe St., where services will follow at 11 a.m. The family suggests memorials to the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. This is a news story by Blade staff writer Tom Troy. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-724-6058 or on Twitter @TomFTroy.
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