Obituary of Gene A. Barnes
May 13, 1931 - November 4, 2022
Gene Barnes. Age 91 of Battle Creek, formerly of River Rouge.
Beloved husband to the late Donna O’Brien Barnes for 69 years. Loving father of Thomas (Susan) Barnes, Judy (Edward) Burnham and the late Karen Abair. Dearest father-in-law of Daniel Abair. Dear grandfather of Nicholas (Stephanie) Barnes, James (Carla) Abair, Samuel Abair, Jonathan (Anne) Burnham and Rachael (Taylor) Bourgeois. Great grandfather of Daniel and Lillianna.
Born in Canton, Ohio to Bernice and Harold Barnes. Gene graduated from River Rouge High School in 1949 and joined the Air Force that same year. He was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War for 3 years. He met the love of his life, Donna O’Brien, marrying her in 1953. Gene joined the River Rouge Police Force where he served 29 years. He retired after achieving and serving as Chief of Detective. After retirement, he and a close friend owned a successful advertising business. Gene and Donna enjoyed time with their 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He loved to travel and see the world. Gene was a devoted member and very involved in the United Methodist Church. He was also a Rotarian, Mason and member of Fraternal Order of Police.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to Battle Creek Community Foundation c/o NPW Memory Care Community Project Fund, 32 West Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017
John Molnar, Sr. opened the Detroit Hungarian Funeral Home, now the Molnar Funeral Homes, in 1923. The funeral home began in his home until relocating across the street to it's Delray location at 8623 Dearborn Avenue, in 1936. He had a strong work ethic and believed that you should never stop learning...