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Ronald William Barnes&nbsp(Ron)

Ron was born to Bill and Edith Barnes in Empress, Alberta, February 7th, 1948. He took his schooling in Bindloss and helped his father on the family farm. Bill’s poor health meant that Ron shouldered much of the responsibilities of the farm at a young age. Ron married Joyce Marshall of Acadia Valley in 1967 in Medicine Hat. They lived on the farm at Bindloss until April 1968, when they moved to what would become Ron’s homeplace, the farm just west of Kirkcaldy. They enjoyed their wonderful neighbors so much. They often played pranks on one another and kept each other on their toes.

The unexpected passing of Joyce in 2011 left Ron deeply bereaved. Nevertheless, he found comfort and companionship with Virginia Haahr. They married in Medicine Hat in 2015. Ron & Virginia enjoyed retirement life together. They travelled, played cards and golfed together. They enjoyed taking a break from the chilly winters, travelling south to Lake Havasu City. Cruising up & down the boulevard in his prized Corvair convertible was a highlight for them both. As difficult as the last few years were, Virginia cared tirelessly for Ron and brought light to his life.

Ron was a hard-working farmer. Early mornings and late nights and often a noon hour snap nap. Ron was an avid sportsman. In his younger years, he was active in curling, ball, and the fish & games society. He really enjoyed camping at Dutch Creek & Lynx Creek. He’d never turn down a game of cards. A brand-new set of golf clubs for his 40th birthday unleashed a passion for a new game. Ron was an active community member throughout most of his years. He served his community with the Vulcan Lions Club and acted as a coach for several different sports teams. As the years went on, he loved to travel around catching as many events as he could of any of his grandchildren, shoot some pool, and of course get in as much golf as he could.

Ron passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 29th, 2024, in Vulcan at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Haahr; his children Jim (Jocelyn) Barnes of Ladysmith, BC and Rhonda (Darcy) Dugdale of Vulcan; his grandchildren Conor, Jordan, Hunter, Louis, Graham (Mya), Owen (Kiana), Elizabeth, Weston, & Isabella. Additionally, Ron embraced Virginia’s children; Bart (Sheryl), Shannon (Cory) & Jodi (Colin) and their children; Taylor, Rory (Kenzie), Macy (Dallas), Kaitlyn, Hailey, Madison, Gracie, Sam, & Lexi and great granddaughter Paisley.

Ron loved to socialize. On his travels near or far, he would often run into someone he knew. A conversation with a new face just meant he’d made a new friend. He is easily described as unforgettable, you only had to meet him once. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Though he may be gone, his memory will live on in the hearts of those he touched.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 11:30 am at the Vulcan Cultural & Recreation Centre (CRC), Fr. Mariusz Sztuk Celebrant. Inurnment Vulcan Cemetery Columbarium.

Memorial donations may be made to the Vulcan County Health & Wellness Foundation, PO Box 28, Vulcan, AB, T0L 2B0 or to vchw.foundation@gmail.com.

Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. Telephone 1-403-485-2633. E-mail condolences through http://www.vulcanfuneralhome.ca.

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