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Funeral service for Kenneth Barnes of Ft. Worth, Texas will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Sevier Funeral Home Chapel. The family requests expressions of sympathy in the form of a contribution to the University of Oklahoma, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
Kenneth Harold Barnes passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 84. He was born on June 12, 1932 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended Chickasha schools and graduated in 1950. Over the years, he enjoyed organizing reunions with his high school classmates. During his youth, he was a member of the First Christian Church of Chickasha. He currently attended the University Christian Church in Fort Worth and was a member of the Chancel Choir.
He married Carol Dean Baxter of Chickasha on September 4, 1954 at the 16th and Florida Church of Christ in Chickasha and later moved to Fort Worth. She passed away on November 28, 2009. They celebrated their Golden Anniversary in September 2004. Together, they helped establish the Western Hills Church of Christ in Fort Worth. His mother and father predeceased his as well as four sisters and a brother.
He started college at Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas where he was named "Mr. Math" for the 1951-52 school year. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955 and later earned a Master's degree from Southern Methodist University in 1960. He received continuing education from the University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California. He was a member of the Mensa Society and was a licensed private pilot. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Texas and served as a mission pilot and Squadron Commander of the Granbury, Texas squadron.
Kenneth and Carol moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1955 where he joined General Dynamics and retired in 2005. His career included aerodynamic design and development work on the B-58 bomber, F-111 fighter/bomber, the F-16, F-16XL and other F-16 derivatives. He helped develop the design of the flight control system for the Space Shuttle Orbiter and enjoyed working with several astronauts. He received a patent in 2003 for the design of a Space Shuttle Flyback Booster. For several years, he has served on the Board of Advisors at the University of Oklahoma in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He was inducted into the Chickasha High School Academic Hall of Fame on October 15, 2010.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite in Fort Worth. After retirement, he enjoyed working in his pecan orchard near Bowie, Texas. He divided his time between family, the pecan orchard and flying for the Civil Air Patrol and in his own airplane.
Kenneth and Carol were the proud parents of two sons, Mark of Sunset, Texas and Kevin and wife, Tina, of Weatherford, Texas. Four grandsons, Christopher and wife Adrienne; Kevin Jr. and Scott Barnes, Keaton and Kyle and one great-granddaughter, Madden Elizabeth Barnes and two great-grandsons Cohen Christopher Barnes and Caden Kyle Barnes. Four sisters, Betty Lee Baldwin, Charlotte Hendrickson, Shirley Harrison and Donna Marie Piper, all of Oklahoma City.
Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home, Chickasha, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.sevierfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 19, 2017
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