James L. ‘Jim’ Barnes, 60

    James L. "Jim" Barnes, 60, of Syracuse, Ind., passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in Fort Wayne, Ind., after a brief battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which he fought with strength and courage.

He was born on June 26, 1950, in Port Washington to Leroy and Gertrude "Gert" (Lesch) Barnes. On Nov. 2, 1991, he was united in marriage with Patty Connors in West Bend.

The couple resided in West Bend until moving to Syracuse in 2005. He was most recently a sales manager for Chore Time Brock in Milford, Ind. Prior to that he had been with Gehl Company in West Bend for 35 years. Jim was a loving husband, son, father and grandpa to "his boys." Jim was an avid hunter and golfer. He enjoyed spending time at the cabin Up North near Crivitz. Jim is survived by his wife Patty of Syracuse; his daughter Lori (Leroy) Hamilton of Sheboygan; and two grandsons, his buddy Logan and his newest grandson Layton. He is further survived by his mother, Gertrude "Gert" Barnes of Athelstane; two sisters, Jane (Lee) Kimpel of Port Washington and Judy (Bob) Gregozeski of Jackson; nieces; nephews and many friends from Indiana and Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his son, Paul Barnes; his father, Leroy Barnes; and his brother, John Barnes.

There will be a Mass of Christian burial on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington at 2 p.m. The family will receive visitors at the church on Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society earmarked AML Research.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at