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Newell A. Barney “Grandpa Barney”

On March 27, 2020 at 6:15AM, Newell A. Barney “Grandpa Barney” passed peacefully to be with his wife Katherine and daughter Geraldine. Along with an amazing legacy, he leaves behind 6 children, Gail Barney (Pam), Brenda McClure (Alyn), Marilyn Osborn, Kenneth Barney (Cindy), Janet Strebeck (Jay), Sharon Arrington (Dan), 44 grandchildren, 136 great grandchildren, and 9 great, great grandchildren. At the age of 95, he lived a full life and was an example to us all. Newell was born on December 6th, 1924 to Arthur and Lucy Barney in Safford Arizona. He was a World War II Veteran. He married Katherine Mecham on June 25th, 1947 and moved to Queen Creek in January 1949, and has lived in the same beautiful home for over 70 years where he farmed and raised his family. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully as a Youth Leader, Bishop, Stake President, Mission President, Patriarch and Temple Sealer. He was also active in the community serving on many boards to include the Queen Creek School Board, the AZ Boys Ranch Board, Queen Creek Farm Bureau, the Water Irrigation District Board, Chandler Gin Co Board and the Chandler Hospital Board.

Due to the unique circumstances we are in right now, we are not able to hold a traditional funeral at this time. The family will hold something private for now and decisions will be made at a later date about a possible memorial celebration. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Humanitarian Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The family appreciates all the love and support they have received from everyone. Newell has touched so many lives. He is one of the most humble and loving men and always made others feel so special. He lived his life giving service to others.

To honor Newell A. Barney, follow his example by living a Christlike life of service and compassion towards one another.

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