Richard Barnhouse, 78

The Lord ended the suffering of Richard “Barney” Barnhouse and took him to his eternal home on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the age of 78. Barney was born on June 12, 1934, in Gary, Ind. to the late James and Edith (nee Anderson) Barnhouse. On Sept. 28, 1957 Barney was united in marriage to Patricia Stewart in his home town of Gary. He worked as an automotive engineer for over 30 years.

Barney enjoyed golfing and was an avid Brewer and Packer fan. He had a true love of music and sang in various barbershop choruses and quartets for over 35 years. He was passionate about his church and was an active member of Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, where he sang in the church choir and served on numerous committees as a lay leader. Barney will be remembered as a man of high integrity and deep faith.

Beloved husband of, Patricia “Pat” Barnhouse of Jackson; loving father of four children, Cheryl (Alan Sanger) Barnhouse of Spring Lake, Mich., Karen (Steve) Petersen of West Bend, John (Bonnie) Barnhouse of Jackson, and Janice (Richard) Pszanka of West Des Moines, Iowa; two grandchildren, Katie Petersen of Milwaukee and Matt Roudebush of West Des Moines, Iowa; five step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Larry (Sally) Stewart of Carmel, Ind.; sister-in-law, Valerie Barnhouse of Valparaiso, Ind.; and many other relatives and friends.

Barney was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Dorothy Carbon and Betty Chadwick; and two brothers, Robert and Norman Barnhouse.

A memorial service in remembrance of Barney will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 2:30 p.m. at Fifth Avenue United Methodist, 323 S. Fifth Ave., West Bend. The Rev. Jeremy Deaner will officiate. Visitation will be held on Thursday at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials to Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church are appreciated by the family.

The family would like to thank The Kathy Hospice for their compassion and care.

Myrhum – Patten Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at