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Reuben H. Barnhart Jr.

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 12:54 p.m. CDT

Reuben H. Barnhart Jr., 85, Oregon, died on Friday July 18, 2014 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 19, 1928 at home in Nashua Township, Ogle County, the son of Reuben H. Barnhart Sr. and Helen E. (Taft) Barnhart.

He graduated from Oregon High School in 1947.

He married Delores Boyden in Oregon on Feb. 19, 1947.

Reuben (Reub) worked for the Machinist Union for 35 years, ending his career as a Directing Business Representative.

He was a member of St. Bride’s Episcopal Church, Oregon, Silver Ridge Golf Course, the Oregon Sportsman Club for many years, and was a life long member of the National Rifle Association.  His family was his life.

Survivors include his wife Delores Barnhart, Oregon; sons, Reuben H. Barnhart III, Oregon, Steven (Deb) H. Barnhart, Wicki Wachee, Fla., and  Timothy E. (Debbie) Barnhart, Oregon; and daughter, Beth Anne (Steve) DuBois, Eldridge, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and several sisters and brothers-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben H. Barnhart Sr. and Helen E. (Taft) Banhart; his in-laws, Harry (Buss) Boyden and Dorothy Boyden; two sisters, Jackie Barnhart and Patricia Coil, and his daughter-in-law Mary (Dirksen) Barnhart.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Bride’s Episcopal Church, Oregon, with Rev. Dr. Joyce Beaulieu officiating. No visitation will be held.

Memorials may be sent to St. Brides Church, Oregon or Serenity Home & Hospice, Oregon.

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon assisted the family with arrangements.

Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to leave on line condolences.

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