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Joseph 'J.D.' Barnett

October 26, 1924 ~ February 01, 2018

Joseph David Barnett left us to be with our Lord Jesus on February 1, 2018, in Manhattan, Gallatin County, Montana. J.D. was born October 26, 1924, to Thomas Barnett and Dola Martin Barnett in Gallatin County, Illinois, the oldest of six children.

J.D. served his country in the U.S. Navy (Pacific Theater) during WWII and the Army during the Korean War. Following his military service, J.D. moved to Evansville, IN. There he met his wife of 64 years, Vera Jane Padgett Barnett. Two children were born to this union, Jarita Blythe and Ruey Lane. J.D. had many jobs during his lifetime, with his longest tenure working for Birdwell in the oil fields.

The Barnetts made their home in Fairfield, IL from December 1959 to June 1971 until a job transfer took them to Glendive, MT.  In September 1975, J.D. and Vera moved back to their farm in Fairfield and resided there for the next 24 years.  They returned to Montana to be closer to Jarita and Ruey and their families; first to Glasgow, then to Belgrade and Manhattan.

J.D. is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Jim, Marty, and Ida. He is survived by his wife, Vera of Manhattan; daughter, Jarita (Howard) Neckels of Deer Lodge; son, Ruey (Marla) Barnett of Belgrade; and five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. J.D. is also survived by his sisters, Ruth Nix and Sally (Glen) Snodgrass; and sister-in-law, Ellen Barnett.

A private family service was held February 5, 2018, in Manhattan. Memorials may be sent to Belgrade Alliance Church, 205 W. Cameron Ave, Belgrade, MT  59714.

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