|Birth: ||Jan. 14, 1919|
|Death: ||Jun. 24, 2008|
Oren "OJB" Joseph Barnhart, 89, of Kalispell "passed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ" with his wife and family at his side Tuesday, June 24, 2008, after a brief stay at Brendan House in Kalispell. He was born the fifth of 10 children to Roy and Ellen Barnhart on Jan. 14, 1919, in Fairview. Oren moved to this area in 1945 to assist in the construction of the Hungry Horse Dam and later moved to Columbia Falls to work at the Anaconda Aluminum plant.
Along with four of his brothers, Oren joined the Army in 1941 and served as a medic and truck driver during World War II. After his discharge, he married Ella Hanson of Fairview in 1945, and later married Roberta Mitchell Zeier of Anaconda in 1981.
Oren was preceded in death by his first wife, Ella, in 1977; his sister, Esther; and brothers, Curtis, Irvin, Floyd and Raymond.
Oren and Bobbie lived in Columbia Falls until Oren's retirement in 1982, then spent several years RVing across the United States, and settled in Kalispell in 1992.
They have been active members of Faith Free Lutheran Church and the VFW Post 5650, helping with many projects for the community.
Even though Oren's patriarchal duties have ended, his family holds him in the highest regard for his gentleness, honesty, dependability, inner strength and commitment to family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and a Christian model to the many people who knew and loved him.
A memorial service for Oren will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, at Faith Free Lutheran Church, 405 Liberty St., in Kalispell, followed by a luncheon and a military inurnment at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia Falls at 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials for Oren be sent to Faith Free Lutheran Church for the building fund; or to the charity of choice.( The Daily Inter Lake,Thursday, June 26, 2008)
Horace LeRoy Barnhart (1885 - 1958)
Ellen Lorinda St. Germaine Barnhart (1887 - 1962)
Ella Eleanora Hanson Barnhart (1924 - 1977)
Esther Florence Barnhart Davidsen (1910 - 1963)*
Curtis LeRoy Barnhart (1911 - 2001)*
Floyd Alvin Barnhart (1917 - 2004)*
Oren Joseph Barnhart (1919 - 2008)
Raymond Jule Barnhart (1925 - 1986)*
Neil Duane Barnhart (1930 - 1986)*
Created by: Mary Childers
Record added: Oct 12, 2012
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