Bob Barnes, 71, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 2, 2016 surrounded by his wife of 47 years and two daughters.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, April 8th at 2 pm at Ustick Baptist Church, 14301 W. McMillian Rd, Boise. Services are under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.
Bob was born on February 14, 1945 in Glendale, California. He grew up in Edmonds, Washington where he enjoyed playing sports, fishing with his dad, and scouting. He was an exceptional student athlete and was awarded an appointment to the US Air Force Academy. While at the Academy, Bob excelled as a football player and was recognized as Outstanding Squadron Commander in the class of 1967. His compassionate heart and tenacious work ethic led him to pursue medicine after graduation and was accepted to every medical school to which he applied. Bob chose to attend Duke University Medical School where he developed a passion for the challenge of cardiovascular surgery.
In June of 1968, Bob married Jean in a ceremony at the Air Force Academy chapel. They drove across the country to begin life together in North Carolina. There they were blessed with the birth of two daughters, Rachel and Caroline. Bob trained in general and thoracic surgery at Duke. In 1976, the family moved to San Antonio, Texas where he completed his medical training at Wilford Hall Air Force Hospital.
After leaving the Air Force in 1981, Bob joined a Cardiovascular practice in Boise, Idaho. His commitment to his patients made him a respected and highly sought-after physician. Despite his demanding schedule, Bob made an effort to express personal care and interest in his patients’ lives, often going above and beyond expectations.
Bob retired from a distinguished career in medicine in 2003, the year he became a grandfather. “Papa” loved to visit his grandchildren and took up several interesting hobbies. Bob always loved gardening, but became particularly interested in growing table grapes and became involved in the Idaho Table Grape Association. He also became active in Bible Study Fellowship, took up bee keeping, and options trading. Bob was constantly challenging himself to learn something new!
Bob is survived by wife, Jean, of Boise, ID; daughters Rachel DeFrees of Parker, CO and Caroline Morris of Edmond, OK; sister Margaret Barnes of Lynnwood, WA; brother Richard Barnes of Lacey, WA; and seven grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Air Force Academy Endowment, or Bible Study Fellowship International.
1945 - 2016