Obituary for Mr. Wesley B. Barnett

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Mr. Wesley B. Barnett

January 5, 1944 - April 19, 2019

Wesley B. Barnett, age 75, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, April 19, 2019 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was a resident of Nashville.

Wesley was born January 5, 1944, in Winslow to his parents, the late Floyd and Cathryn (Coleman) Barnett. He was a graduate of Winslow High School. Wesley went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Oakland City College and his Master’s in Education from Indiana University.

Wesley retired in 2006 from Clark-Pleasant Community Schools, where he taught in the Middle School and Junior High for more than 40 years. During that time he also coached girls’ basketball and track.

Wesley was a member of the Methodist Church and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting and working on the family farm. Wesley loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts and an avid reader of authors, Clive Cussler, Dan Brown and Tom Clancy. Wesley loved caring for his dogs, Happy and Sassy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Marlene Lynn (Risley) Barnett, whom he married on October 29, 1966 at the United Methodist Church in Bruceville. Wesley is also survived by his children, Christopher Jon (Jessica) Barnett of New Whiteland and David Gregory (Dawn) Barnett of Nashville; siblings, Gordon (Carol) Barnett of Winslow and Janet (Howell) Shaw of Richland; grandchildren, Cassandra Barnett, Elizabeth Barnett, Tracie and Noah Seidle, and Wyatt and Brayden Barnett; great grandchildren, Isabelle, Adrian, Alexander and Lucas.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at New Life Community Church, 1450 St. Rd. 135 N. in Nashville. Family and friends may call on Thursday at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to be sent in honor of Wesley to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St. Columbus, IN 47201.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Barnett family at

Information: (812) 597-4670



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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

New Life Community Church


1450 North State Road 135
Nashville, Indiana 47448

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Service Information

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

New Life Community Church


1450 North State Road 135
Nashville, Indiana 47448

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Born: January 5, 1944
Died: April 19, 2019

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Cathy Paradise posted on 4/23/19

Marlene and family, I want to extend my sympathy to you and your family on your loss of your loved one. I truly enjoyed knowing Wes and though I usually only saw him a couple of times a year; I enjoyed knowing him. I would save wildlife seed for him when we had it. And I was happy to see you at our Annual meetings. I send my prayers and God’s strength at this time. May good memories keep him always near. Cathy Paradise


Nancy Wheeler posted on 4/23/19

Marlene, So sorry for your loss. I know Wes struggled for a number of years. You and your family will be in my heart for support.


Jolene Caplinger posted on 4/23/19

I was so sorry to hear this news. Please know that I really respected Mr. Barnett. He was a great teacher and made a huge impact on many students lives. May he rest in peace.


Christy (Evans) Sebastian & son Gavin posted on 4/20/19

Dave, My condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a great man. I remember him as one of my 6th grade teachers and his booming voice!! Also, I was always fascinated by his wooden “whirly” things he made. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.


Linda Cross posted on 4/20/19

I am so sorry to hear of Wesley's passing. It is always sad to lose a valued member of our Whiteland community whether they be from the past or present. My sincere sympathy, sending prayers for Marlene and the rest of the family. Linda Cross