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-Lee Floyd Barnhart-

Lee Floyd Barnhart, 93, of Muscatine, died on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at his home.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  The Reverend Joseph Sia will officiate.  Honorary bearers will be Bill Stalkfleet, Gene Paxton, Albert Bermel, Bob Bromwell, John Oberhaus, Jim King, Lowell Bass, Bill Johnson, and Tom Hatfield.  Casket bearers will be Justine Tipps, Kathy McConnaha, Stacey Lorentzen, Ted Hatfield Jr., Mike Barnhart, Matt Barnhart, and Jeff Hollenbeck.  Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the V.F.W. Post 1565.  A funeral luncheon will be held at Gannon Hall following the committal service.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish, Iowa Hospice, or Camp Courageous.  Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

Lee was born on December 17, 1918, in Cranston, the son of Frank Elwood and Gertrude Grace Boggs Barnhart.  He married Laura Irene Panther on December 6, 1938, at the St. Mary Rectory in Muscatine.  She preceded him in death on February 6, 1997.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II.  He served in Company F - 319th Infantry - 80th Division of General Patton’s Army.  He received the Purple Heart Award for service during the Battle of the Bulge.

Lee drove for Poole Transfer for many years, and then worked as a heavy construction operating engineer.  He helped to build the I80-280 Bridge and the Norbert Beckey Bridge as a towboat operator.

He was a member of the Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish, V.F.W. Post 1565, American Legion Post 27, Operating Engineers Union Local 537, and the NRA.

Survivors include two sons, Tom Barnhart and wife, Beverly, of Moline, Illinois, and Jim Barnhart and wife, Judy, of Muscatine; two daughters, Sandy Slater of Muscatine, and Ann Hatfield and husband, Ted, of Muscatine; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Johnson and husband, Bill, of Fredonia; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and two sisters, Lillian Kottkamp and Rosetta Bass.

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