Dale Edward Barnes

March 15, 1928-Jan. 14, 2021


Dale Edward Barnes, 92, of Rockville passed away Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at Franciscan Health Lafayette East.

Born March 15, 1928, at Clinton, he was the son of Edward and Flora Overpeck Barnes. He married Mary Alice Skinkle on July 1, 1950, at Valparaiso. She survives.

Dale attended Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago and Indiana University. He graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1950. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 60 years. He and his wife owned and operated Barnes Mortuary in Rockville from 1966 to 1992. He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving for 1 1/2 years in Korea, in 293rd Graves’ Registration.

Dale was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rockville, Masonic Lodge #8 F& AM since 1954, Rockville Elks, American Legion, VFW, O.E.S. and Rotary International. He was formerly a member of the Shrine, Scottish Rite, and received the Sagamore of the Wabash.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Alice Barnes; two children, James Edward (Caryl) Barnes of Lake Holiday and Kristin (James) Cornelisson of West Lafayette; two grandchildren, Ariel Cornelissen and Ross Cornelissen; step-grandson Jason Johnson; and half-sister Janet Andrews of Detroit, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at the First United Methodist Church, 128 N. Market St., Rockville, with Pastor Jon Overbey officiating. Visitation will be noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be at Memory Garden Cemetery in Rockville with military graveside rites by the Parke County Veteran’s Association. Care has been entrusted to Barnes and Rice Funeral Home of Rockville.


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