Larry Lee Barnes, 62, of Sleepy Eye, died on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at his home in rural Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and will continue at church on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Service will be held at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Evan on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. The Clergy will be Pastor Keith R. Ainsley and Interment Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family via www.sturmfh.com
Larry Lee Barnes was born on November 25, 1949 in Sleepy Eye, MN the son of Collin L. and Grace (Shellum) Barnes. He attended school in Evan and graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School. After his schooling Larry lived and farmed near Evan his whole life. He had dairy cows for many years and also did custom farming for many area farmers. Larry was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Evan. He enjoyed farming with the help of family and many close friends. Larry enjoyed nature and making trips up North to Lake Winnie to spend time with his family, grandchildren and friends. He will be remembered as someone who would always lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Larry is survived by his children, Brady Barnes (Nichole) of Sleepy Eye, Michelle Thooft of Redwood Falls; mother, Grace Barnes of Sleepy Eye; five grandchildren, Nathan Thooft (Hannah Bitker), Dillon Thooft, Neici Barnes, Brienna Barnes and Wyatt Barnes; brother, Roger (Marlene) Barnes of Mankato; sister, Jean Bloemke of Sleepy Eye and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Collin, brother, Gary and special friend, Mary Meyer.