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Bernard D. "Barney" Kimes, 96, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 16, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia. He was born March 31, 1921 in Zanesville, Ohio, the son of the late Charles L. and Viola (Hay) Kimes. He lived most of his life in Spencerville, Indiana prior to joining the Army. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII as a Staff Sergeant from 1942 to 1945 as a member of Battery B, 480th Anti-Aircraft Artillery. He was a Fire Control Electrician which entailed keeping the large guns in perfect shape to bring down enemy airplanes. He saw battle in Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland. He was stationed in London for a time and was part of the guard for General Eisenhower's headquarters. He earned the American Theater Ribbon, European Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and WWII Victory Medal. Barney's military history has been recorded and transcribed. It is now a part of Senator Richard G. Lugar's collection of personal interviews with Veterans of WWI, WWII, the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars. All recordings of personal history will become a part of the Library of Congress/American Folk Life Center National Veterans History Collection. These records will be housed in Washington, D.C. to be reviewed by all Americans now and in the future. He has been a supporting member of the American Legion Post #47 for many years. He was employed as a finish carpenter and homebuilder with Newport Construction and also had his own business. In 1949, he married his long time love and wife of 68 years, Frances M. Owen. They had two sons, David D. Kimes, and Jeffrey L. Kimes. He enjoyed Coon Hunting with his father-in-law, Harold L. Owen, rabbit hunting with his brothers and mushroom hunting in Michigan with his family. He was not an outwardly religious man and did not attend church regularly, but rather a TV church goer and lived a religious and God fearing life. He remembered all his family members including all nieces and nephews in his nightly prayers. He loved God, his family, and his Country. A special thanks to the Larry Parker Family, for their lifelong friendship, the staff of the Veterans Hospital, his caregiver, Trinity Ferguson, the Honor Flight Committee and the entire staff of Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehab for their caring and impact on Barney's Life. Surviving are his wife, Frances Kimes of Fort Wayne, son David Kimes of Fort Wayne, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Kimes, brothers, Virgil, Richard, Charles, Glen, Blaine; sisters, Margaret Sessions, and Kathryn McEwen. Service is 11 am, Friday, September 22, 2017 at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home with calling one hour prior. Calling at the Funeral Home, Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Burial with Military Honors in Lakeview Cemetery in Kendallville, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana, PO Box 5, Huntertown, Indiana 46748 or SPCA of Allen County, 4914 S. Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806.