Neil F. Barnhart, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Neil was born on December 20, 1932 in St. Johns, MI the son of Glenn and Pearl (Steavens) Barnhart. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1950, and on January 15, 1966, he married Elizabeth Gene Parkinson in Owosso, MI. Together they raised three children Kyle, Kristi and Kara. As a life-long farmer, Neil raised pigs and several other animals, along with farming cash crops. Neil served his country in the Army in 1956-1957 in Germany. Besides farming full-time, Neil was on the St. Johns school board for 24 years (1976-2000), Bingham Township Board for 28 years, ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service) board, and the DWP board for 37 years (retiring in 2020). He also was an on call EMT for the Clinton Area Ambulance for 5 years and the ambulance board for 30 years. Neil is survived by his wife, Gene, son Kyle Barnhart of St. Johns, MI, daughters Kristi (Eric) Jensen of Hudsonville, MI, and Kara (Richard) Albert of Saranac, MI. He also was very proud of his grandchildren, Korey Barnhart, Zachary, Drew and Delaney Jensen, Ashley, Tyler, Alyssa and Allyson Albert and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Barnhart and sister Catharine Messer and his parents.. The family will receive friends and relatives at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Thursday, September 17, 2020, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. with Dr. Ron Peters officiating. Burial will be at South Bingham Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Two or More Christian Church, 800 S. US 27 #117, St. Johns, MI 48879.
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