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Eddie, age 74, passed away on Aug. 18th, 2017 after battling a short illness.
He was born on Dec. 23rd, 1942 in Joplin, Mo. to the late Bernard and Charlene (BASS) VanBeek and Gilbert Barnes and was raised in Bolivar, Mo.
He joined the US Navy in 1959 at the age of 17. He was a Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class on the
USS KITTY HAWK and received medals: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.
Survivors include his sister Madge (BARNES) Vicory and husband Phil of Joplin, a brother Earl VanBeek of Joplin, a daughter Bobbi Hartman and husband Morris of Colorado, a son Mike Barnes, a daughter Samantha Lovetere and husband Josh of Mo., an uncle Murrell Bass of Joplin and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will decide at a later date
Published on September 22, 2017
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