Michael Ardell “Barney” Barnett, 63 of Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 in the apple orchard on his farm that has been in the Barnett family since the 1800’s.
Born August 27, 1956 in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Francis Ardell and Shirley Lou (Martin) Barnett.
Michael was a graduate of Jeff Tech.
He previously worked on the drilling rigs and later as self-employed carpenter.
“Barney” was a perfect example how we should never judge people by appearance alone. Behind his tough exterior he was one of the kindest, softest Teddy Bears you would ever meet.
He enjoyed spending time with his dog Willow, hunting, gardening, hanging out at Meneely’s camp and spoiling his nieces and nephews.
He is survived by four siblings, Debra Irene Bridge and husband Tom of Punxsutawney, Howard Jay Barnett of Punxsutawney, Robert Barnett and wife Bea of Anita, and Jan Bosak and husband Don of Punxsutawney; nieces and nephews, Nathan, Jess, Colton and Cain Bosak, Ashley, Joel and Sean Gallagher, Joshua, Beth, Hope, Hannah, and Haley Bridge, Matthew Bridge, Nicholas, Sage and Emmy Shiock, Ethen Barnett, Justin, Lisa, Dallas and Dillyn Barnett, Niki Barnett and Jackson, Davey Cochrane, Jr., Dayna, Neil, Elise and Mason Ramlochan; uncle, Allen Barnett; loyal friends, Jim and Debbie Meneely, Matt, Kaitlyn (Tater) and Ryan Meneely, Cassie Meneely, Joel, Kat, Parker and Marlena Meneely; numerous cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Marsha Ann Cochrane.
A celebration of “Barney’s” life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Jan and Don Bosak’s home at 907 Benson Road, Punxsutawney.