NORMAN — Joseph Richard Barnard was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Norman. He passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the age of 91 at his home in Oklahoma City.
Joe was preceded in death by parents, Harley and Gussie Barnard; wife, Genevie John Young Barnard; and sisters Irene Riggins, Norma Allensworth and one infant sister.
Joe is survived by brother, Ted Barnard and wife Ruth; sisters Betty Barnard, Dorothy Ann Amrein, Juanita Goins and husband Bob, Bobby Jean Musgrave and husband Al and Wenona Bennett and husband Graham; children Terry Barnard, Diann Pospisil, Cheryl Freed and husband David of Oklahoma City and Linda Turner and husband Curtis from Earlsboro; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren (and one on the way); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Joe grew up in east Norman and attended Pleasant Hill School. As a teenager, he regularly rode his horse to the Young homestead to court his future wife. He joined the Navy on Jan. 12, 1942, and was stationed in the South Pacific, San Diego and Hawaii and was a gunner on the Amphibian planes.
He married Genevie John Young on Aug. 3, 1944, in Oklahoma, and they were members of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Moore. They had four children and built a home on South Post Road.
After the Navy, he had early jobs in the oil field and then became a plumber and worked for City and Broshears Plumbing in the Moore/Norman area and went on to open Barnard Plumbing in 1965. His company plumbed many of the newly built houses in the late ’60s and ’70s housing boom in Moore as the town grew at a very rapid pace. He retired and “went fishing” in 1980, as he and Genevie bought a place at Lake Eufaula, where they were blessed to spend a number of years.
After Genevie’s death in 1991, Joe split the remainder of his time at his home on South Post Road and at the Arkansas River at Webber’s Falls, fishing with his nephew, Cecil Argo, and brother-in-law, Joe Young, where they enjoyed welcoming friends and family, telling stories, playing dominoes and catching the biggest catfish in eastern Oklahoma (including one that weighed 65 pounds that he remembered and we talked about until just last week).