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Frederick Barney

1922 - 2017

Frederick Albert Barney age 94 of Indian River,
one of the last soldiers of World War II, passed away
May 11, 2017 at Hancock Haven Retirement Center
in Cheboygan.

He was born June 13, 1922 in Meadville, Pennsylvania
to Glen and Cecelia (Kebort) Barney, first of three sons

During the Great Depression, which began in 1929 in the United State,
Fred learned how to pick dandelion greens for salad, darn his own socks,
re-sole shoes, milk a cow, slaughter a chicken or a pig, and to do without
many things we consider necessities, such as indoor plumbing, hot water,
and central heating.

Fred attended Meadville High School, where he was captain of the football
team, and helped edit the high school yearbook. He graduated in June of
1940, and attended Youngstown State College on a football scholarship
until 1941 when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. He and
most of his high school buddies enlisted, Fred chose to enlist in the Army,
where he served under General George Patton’s Third Army. After the war,
he attended college on the G.I, Bill, graduating with degrees in education
from Eastern Michigan College, and the University of Michigan. He began
his teaching career in Kinde, Michigan, and ended 35 years of teaching at
New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. He was also business
manager and owner of Vernon Oaks Day Camp and Country Day School in
Illinois, After retiring for the first time from New Trier, he became
co-owner and business manager of Children’s House Montessori School
in Delaware, with his wife Elinore, In his spare time he skied, both
downhill and cross country, sailed, power boated and canoed, from
Lake Michigan to the Chesapeake Bay. He rode his ten-speed
bicycle across the United States from California to Florida and then from
the Netherlands to the Rock of Gibraltar. He enjoyed ballroom dancing,
tennis, racquetball, and horseback riding. He also wrote regularly for his
website, “MindFind”,

Fred is survived by:
his wife, Elinore;
daughter, Ann Cecelia Barney of Grayling;
4 stepchildren, Stephen Jordan of Rochester, Minnesota,
Scott (Ruth) Jordan of Macomb, Illinois,
Amanda Chiste of Geneva, Illinois and
Alissa Jordan of Salisbury, Maryland;
5 grandchildren, Sarah (Dwayne) Bernstein, Kristine Johnson,
Cody Jordan, Cameron Chiste and Martin Chiste;
4 great grandchildren;
1 brother, Donald (Barbara) Barney of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.;
sister-in-law, Mary Barney; sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Rich) Petroff, and
brother-in-law, Merlin (Susan) Petroff

He was preceded in death by
his parents,
his first wife, Marilyn, and
his brother, Roland.

His Memorial Service will take place on Monday, May 29, 2017 at
2:00 p.m, at the Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Indian River
Music will be provided by the Epsilon Jass Band and Richard Lincoln
playing Taps. Refreshments will be available in the church Garden Room.

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