Obituary Details

Ross Ellis Barnes

(02/10/1895 - 04/21/1964)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 04/23/1964

Ross Barnes Dies At Ranch Home

Ross Barnes, rancher some 20 miles northwest of Lance Creek, died Tuesday evening at the ranch home.

A neighbor took word into Douglas, but since the ranch buildings and Mr. Barnes death occurred just over the county line in Niobrara and he had not been attended by a physician, it was necessary to call Niobrara Coroner Earl Peet.

Walther Doctor was taking the Peet ambulance to the Manning ranch west of Lance Creek Wednesday morning, and the ranch was to take him on by 4-wheel drive vehicle to the Barnes ranch to get the body. There are no main roads from the Niobrara County side to the ranch and rains have made any travel difficult.

It is understood that Mrs. Barnes was at the ranch with her husband at the time of his death, but no further information was available at The Herald press time. Mr. Barnes is the father of Mrs. Robert Wallis of Lusk.

The Lusk Herald
April 30, 1964
Barnes Funeral Held Saturday

Funeral services were held for Ross Barnes, rancher on the Niobrara Converse County line northwest of Lance Creek, in the Congregational Church in Douglas Saturday with the Rev. Arthur Siewert officiating.

Mr. Barnes, 69, died at his ranch home April 21. An autopsy revealed a heart condition was the cause. Burial was in the Douglas Park Cemetery with military services.

Mrs. Carver was organist, and Jack Lore sang "The Last Round-Up" and "The Old Rugged Cross".

Pallbearers were: Lee Moore, Jack Downs, David Thomson, Chet Lane, Paul Wilkinson and George Riehle.

Honorary pallbearers were: Ray Baughn, Roy Turnbull, Elmer Cowell, Roy Jurmen, Rod Thomson and John Downs.

Ross Barnes was born February 25, 1895 in Sibley, Iowa, the son of Herb and Matilda Spencer Barnes. In 1909 he came with his parents to Wyoming where they homesteaded nine miles south of Lusk. He homesteaded on Walker Creek in 1915, served in World War I and rode for the Tom Bell Cattle Company in the round-up days. April 21, 1921 he and Miss Phoebe Shrader were married.

Besides his wife he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Robert Wallis of Lusk; four grandchildren, Richard, Bonnie, Robert A. and Matilda Wallis of Lusk; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Carrol of Douglas, Mrs. Jennie Graves and Mrs. Oral Grimm of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Dorothy Spencer of Sioux City, Ia.

Note: Other official records, such as draft registration, indicate birth date was February 10, 1895.

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