Marcus Barnard, 78, of Norman, Indiana, died at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at his residence.
Born May 19, 1938, in Crab Orchard, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Samuel and Vivian C. (Osborne) Barnard. On May 18, 1958, he married Phyllis Ann Kirts, and she survives.
Mr. Barnard worked at Rockwell/Reliance in Columbus most of his life and was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Seymour and a former member of Hoosier Beemers Motorcycle Club. He was a published poet and a great storyteller who was always joking. He loved to grow flowers and he enjoyed woodworking. He loved his Appalachian heritage and bluegrass music, but most of all he loved all of his family.
Survivors in addition to his wife include children, Ray (Sonja) Barnard, Vivian (Dave) Begley and Marcia (Greg) Hatton; sisters, Ruth Hillenburg Nelson Brittain and Sarah Wooldridge; 10 grandchildren, Duane (Amber) Barnard, Marcus (Amanda) Barnard II, Christopher Barnard, Jennifer (Shawn) Darlage Wilson, Kellie Anne (Adam) Darlage Walters, Matthew William Begley, Michael (Brenda) Begley, Ryan (Jenni Livers) Hatton, Tyler Hatton and Bryce Hatton; and nine great-grandchildren, Charisma Barnard, Logan Barnard, Landon Barnard, Artema Barnard, Marcus Barnard III, Haley Wilson, Ayden Shepherd, Lyncoln Walters and Kingston Begley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Oakley Barnard, Emmitt Barnard and Hershall Barnard; two sisters, Nila Mize and Anna Belle Taylor; and one great-grandson, Christopher John Able Barnard.
Funeral will be at 4 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2016, at Winklepleck-Weesner Funeral Home in Brownstown with Father Dan Staublin officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 2 p.m. until service time. Cremation will follow the service.
Memorial contributions may be made the JDRF Diabetes Foundation (juvenile diabetes) or St. Ambrose School in Seymour.