Edgar E. "Barney" Barnhart, 86

October 28, 2009

NOV. 25, 1922-OCT. 26, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Mr. Edgar E. "Barney" Barnhart, 86, of 13680 Pennersville Road, Waynesboro, died at 7:55 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Waynesboro Hospital. He had been in failing health for the past three years.

Born Nov. 25, 1922, in Fairfield, Pa., he was the son of the late Ernest E. and E. Grace (Gallion) Barnhart.

He was a lifelong resident of the Blue Ridge Summit area.

Mr. Barnhart graduated from Washington Township High School with the class of 1940.

He served with the United States Army during World War II, serving in the European Theater, where he was a POW and received the Purple Heart. He also served in the Korean War.


He and his wife of over 61 years, Ethel M. (Willard) Barnhart, were married on June 25, 1948, in Sabillasville, Md. They moved to their current address later that year.

Mr. Barnhart worked for the former South Penn Power Co., currently Allegheny Power Co., Waynesboro. He started as a lineman in 1948 and later moved to an engineer, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of the Germantown Church of God, Cascade, Md., and Joe Stickell American Legion Post No. 15, Waynesboro.

Mr. Barnhart enjoyed hunting, raising animals and farming on his farmette.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Patricia L. Dunlap of Pensacola, Fla., and Janice Hempt and her husband, Robert, of York Haven, Pa.; two sons, Dennis Barnhart and his wife, Barbara, of Upper Marlboro, Md., and James Barnhart of Philadelphia; four grandchildren, Melissa Dunlap, Robyn Barnhart, Daniel Barnhart and Kathryn Hempt; one half sister, Geraldine Barnhart of Waynesboro; one half brother, Eugene Barnhart of Middletown, Md.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lena Pryor and Lola Barnhart.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, with Pastor Mark A. Hosler officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Church Cemetery in Cascade. Full military graveside honors will be conducted by the honor guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post No. 1599, Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour before services Friday in the funeral home.

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