Raymond Walter Barnes born in Nampa, Idaho, on Oct. 24, 1918, and died Feb. 5, 2008, in Crescent City. Mr. Barnes lived in Del Norte County for 20 years in Smith River and Crescent City. He moved here from Ventura County, by way of Medford, Ore.
Mr. Barnes served as a bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 and later served in the Reserves. He was discharged at the rank of major.
Mr. Barnes was active in the Northcoast Vintage Aviation Society, the Second Air Division Association, Eighth Air Force and Veterans of WW II.
He was a member in good standing of Masonic Lodge #45 F&AM, Scottish Rite and Aahmes Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Higgins Barnes of Crescent City; brothers, Merle (Margaret) Barnes, Berle (Betty) Barnes, Elbert (Lucille) Barnes, all of Sanger; sister, Barbara Bender of Twain Harte; sister-in-law, Berniece Barnes of Sanger; sons Jim (Marilyn) Henry of Nampa; Bill (Cheryl) Henry of Santa Paula; Robert Scott Barnes (Jeanne) of Tacoma, Wash; and step-daughter Katherine Camilli of Crescent City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Frances Barnes, brothers, John Barnes and Chaplain Col. Hugh Barnes, brother-in-law, Fred Bender, and sons, Richard Henry and Burr Barnes.
Contributions may be made in memory of Raymond W. Barnes, for children at the Shriners Hospital, C/O Aahmes Shrine Center, 170 Lindbergh Ave., Livermore, CA 94551-9563.
Memorial services will be held at the Masonic Lodge #45, 250 9th St., Crescent City, on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Private inurnment will take place at the Masonic Cemetery, Crescent City.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.