The York College family was saddened by the news that Herman Barnett, longtime language professor, passed away March 20 at the age of 93. Barnett taught classes in Spanish, German, and New Testament Greek. He also was the instructional television co-ordinator and sponsored the Sigma Tau social club alongside Dr. Elmer Baker. Barnett came to York College in 1965 and taught for 16 years.Barnett was the father of three York College alumni: Delbert Barnett '72, Debra (Barnett) Sexton '74, and DeAnna (Barnett) Martin '79.
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Obituary: Funeral for former Lawton resident Herman Leslie Barnett, 93, will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 7, in Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel.
On Thrusday, March 20, 2014, after many years of service as minister and elder at various congregations of the Church of Christ, as an educator and a loving husband, father, granddad, and great-granddad, Herman exchanged his place of residency, which he shared with Jeroldine, his wife of 62 years, from Cedar Park, Texas, to his life-long goal, his eternal home in Heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Burial with Navy honors will be in Fort Sill National Cemetery.
He was born Jan. 14, 1921, on the family farm northwest of Woodward to Delbert Odell and Zella Mae Covalt Barnett. He grew up on the family farm and attended Senate rural schools. It was during a gospel meeting at County Line Church of Christ in the fall of 1933 conducted by Roy Ruckman the regular preacher for the Woodward Church of Christ that he was baptized. He graduated from Fort Supply High School at the age of 16 in 1937. In 1939 he attended junior college in Woodward.
When his Selective Service number came up, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was assigned to the 52nd Naval Construction Battalion. The Seabees were stationed in the Aleutian Islands. In 1945, he was sent to Midshipman's school at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., where he received a commission as ensign in the Naval Reserve.
After serving his country in WWII, Herman began his career as a minister and educator by continuing his education at Abilene Christian College. Here he met the young lady who would become his partner for life, Jeroldine Barker.
Herman's greatest pleasure outside his family was reading. From an early age through the rest of his life he loved to read and to learn. He received his B.A. in Bible and a minor in English and German from ACC in 1951. After graduating from ACC, Herman and Jeroldine married on June 3, 1951. In 1956, Herman graduated with an M.A. in church history from Butler University. In 1959, he attended the National Defense Act Institute in Foreign Languages at the University of Colorado. Herman also received his M.A. in Spanish and German from Emporia State College in 1965. Herman taught languages at Lakin High School for seven years. The family then moved to York, Neb., where Herman taught languages and Bible classes for 16 years at York College. Herman spent a summer with his family in Saltillo, Mexico, attending a Spanish university. Other summers he studied the Hebrew and Russian languages. He was a minister and elder at various congregations of the Church of Christ as an educator.
Survivors include his wife, Jeroldine; a sister, Velma Genevieve Edwards; a sister-in-law, Beverly Barnett; children: Delbert Barnett and wife Melinda, Debra Sexton and husband Rick, DeAnna Martin and husband David and Dale Barnett and wife Joanna; grandchildren: Shannon Sexton, Josh Sexton and wife Abbi, Michael Sexton and wife Tessa, Stacey Sexton Wilson and husband Matt, Stephen Sexton and wife Lupe, Blake Barnett, Megan Barnett Jones, Tyler Martin, Audrey Barnett and Jake Barnett; four great grandsons: Paxton Jones, Trenton Sexton, Corbin and Cooper Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Raymond Barnett and wife Marie, Arnold Barnett and J.D Barnett; and a brother-in-law and close friend, Rant D. Edwards.
An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.
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