February 7, 2010
February 11, 2010 John "Jack" Werner Barnes, 84, a resident of Tobyhanna, died Feb. 7, 2010, at Brunswick Hospital in Brunswick, Ga.
He was a native of Garden City, N.Y., the only son of the late Walter and Lillian Barnes. He has resided in Tobyhanna since his retirement in the late 1980s.
Jack had a lifelong love of aviation and was recognized by the Royal Aeronautical Society, Great Britain, as a duly elected Fellow for his knowledge and achievements in aeronautical engineering.
As a child, he enjoyed carving detailed model airplanes and spending time at historic Roosevelt Air Field watching and helping pilots with their planes or peering into the Curtiss Airplane factory, both located near his family's home.
He graduated from Garden City High School in 1943. He then enrolled at The Citadel, in Charleston, S.C., until he was old enough to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served as a flight engineer until the end of World War II. He then returned to The Citadel as a veteran and earned his bachelor of science degree in engineering.
Upon graduation, he accepted a job designing bridges in New Jersey, where he met and married his wife, Nancy.
He returned to Garden City, N.Y., where he began his 37-year career with Fairchild Republic Aviation, in Farmingdale, N.Y. He held various engineering and management positions in the design and manufacture of military and commercial aircraft. These included, Design Engineer on the F-105, Manager of Structural Design of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the "warthog," and Manager of Airframe Design of the T46-A. His career also included special assignments with Boeing in Seattle, Wash., Grumman in Bethpage, N.Y., and a German airplane manufacturer in Munich, Germany.
He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying every chance he could. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a member of the Garden City Volunteer Fire Department, and a life member of the National Model Railroad Association.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy; and his children, Susan Barnes of Lilydale, N.Y., Bruce (Joan) Barnes of Garden City, N.Y., Robert (Aimee) Barnes of Shawnee, Kan., and Betsy Barnes of Saint Simons Island, Ga.; beloved grandchildren, Bryan, Matthew, and Christopher Barnes of Garden City, N.Y., and Meghan, Sarah, and Rachel Barnes of Shawnee, Kan.
A service will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, at Fairchild Funeral Home in Garden City, N.Y. A private internment will follow at the Memorial Cemetery of St. John's Church in Laurel Hollow, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to The Salvation Army.
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