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Bob was a talented and generous man. He had an unsurpassed vitality for life and was blessed with many dear friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Patty Barnett and his younger brother Russell Barnett. He is survived by his beloved wife Dawn, the love of his life for more than thirty-six years, and siblings Patty Pettway, Max Barnett, and Sarah Carol, and many nieces and nephews. As a child, his parents instilled in him a joy for living and a strong work ethic. He developed a passion for art as a young man and completed his education at the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, where he studied Design and Advertising.
He worked at Conoco, Inc. at their Oklahoma headquarters for 10 years and then joined a prominent Southeastern advertising firm in South Carolina, where he led numerous advertising campaigns for nationally recognized companies. After moving to Denver, he joined Ellen Lee as owner of Lee & Barnett, a successful advertising and design firm, which served numerous clients in the Denver area and beyond.
As an artist, Bob excelled in watercolor, painting a wide variety of subjects. He was also an amazing athlete and outdoor enthusiast, excelling in tennis, golf, sailing, hiking, and downhill and cross-country skiing. Bob loved many types of music and played the guitar with great skill, sharing many tunes around the campfire and at other get-togethers. He became an avid Bible reader toward the end of his life, and in the person and work of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he found hope and the promise of eternal paradise.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 21, at 1 p.m. at the Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St., Joplin, Mo.
Published on October 14, 2017
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