Kettering - Glenn W. "Barney" Barnhart passed away peacefully on April 14, 2021 at Oak Creek Terrace in Kettering, Ohio.
Glenn was born in Circleville, Ohio, Oct. 9, 1924.
Glenn was the son of the late Clarence Ray and Rose Woolever Barnhart.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Margaret S. Barnhart; and son, Glenn Michael "Mike" Barnhart.
Glenn is survived by daughter, Carolyn (Carlton) Olvis, of Beavercreek, Ohio; son, David (Delana) Barnhart, of Toledo, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Debra Donan Barnhart, of Orange, California; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tony) Mahle, Christopher (Kathryn) Olvis, Kelly Barnhart, Michael (Katey) Barnhart, Sarah (Mahlon) Bush, Stephen (Nicole) Barnhart, Rachel Barnhart; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Glenn became a student at The Ohio State University in the fall of 1942 and played sousaphone (tuba) in the OSU Marching Band. He was drafted at 18 and entered military service in February 1943. He was trained as a navigator and served as a B-29 navigator overseas with the 505th Bomb Group on Tinian Island in the Pacific theater. He participated in 23 combat missions of bombing flights over Japan.
After the war, he returned to The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in industrial engineering in 1949. After graduation, Glenn worked for the Heinz Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then moved to Dayton, Ohio where he worked for Standard Register, and he retired from Wright Patterson AFB after 28 years in 1987.
Glenn had a life-long love of music and played tuba or baritone starting in high school, through his military service and years as an OSU student. He continued his "music career" participating in many bands, including The Ohio State University alumni band TBDBITL (The Best Damn Band in the Land), the Kettering Civic Band, the Centerville Community Band, the Windjammers, the Dayton Letter Carriers Band and his church Celebration Brass.
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. He was also a volunteer usher at the Shuster Center and Victoria Theatre.
Family will receive friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2021 at Defenbaugh Wise Schoedinger Funeral Home, 151 East Main Street, Circleville, Ohio 43113; where service will be held 1 p.m.
Chaplain Jim Ferrell officiating.
Burial will follow at Reber Hill Cemetery Ashville, Ohio.
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Glenn W. Barnhart