A descendant of Klickitat County pioneers, Roy Huot Barnes was the first child of Charles Kenneth Barnes and Dolly Karama Huot Barnes.
Born in Bingen in early 1936, Roy graduated from Pendleton High School in 1954, joined the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. After being discharged in August of 1956, Roy went immediately to Willamette University on a football scholarship, then joined the Oregon State Police on June 17, 1957. Roy eventually retired as a lieutenant from the Oregon State Police Department at Baker, Ore., on Dec. 31, 1985, after 29 and a half years of service.
Roy had two children, Donald Roy Barnes and Julie Rene Barnes. Roy married Betty Pierce on Nov. 6, 1984. They were married 35 years.
Roy and Betty each made the other a better person. She was the love of his life. After they retired, Roy and Betty traveled for approximately two years before taking on a second career buying and selling antiques and traveling from show to show for the next 10 years.
Roy and Betty might have woken up and decided to take off in 2 hours time for another adventure. Roy would never tie himself down to a specific schedule, it was always “let’s play it by ear.” He kept Betty on her toes. Roy and Betty were always together and spent many hours exploring Eastern Oregon on 4-wheelers.
He loved to hunt and fish and did these things as long as his health allowed him. In later years Parkinson’s and diabetes took many things from Roy. His sense of humor stayed with him, although Parkinson’s stole his voice. He could no longer travel but he walked to the coffee shop for the usual group chat every day.
He will be missed by his family and friends. We loved him very much.
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