|Birth: ||Nov. 9, 1913|
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 2007|
CAVE IN ROCK - Radford Gregory Barnard, age 93, of Marion, Ill., and formerly of Cave In Rock, Ill., founding partner of Rigsby & Barnard Quarry of Cave In Rock, passed away at 5:25 a.m. on Friday, March, 30, 2007, of kidney failure, at his home in Marion.
Rad was born Nov. 9, 1913, in rural Hardin County, the eldest son of Joel Gentry and Myra Alma (Milligan) Barnard.
He attended Love Grade School and Cave In Rock High School. Because of the need to enter the work force and help support his family, he did not graduate. Due to his inability to obtain a high school diploma he highly stressed education to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was very proud of their accomplishments and eagerly supported all their endeavors.
From 1933 to 1948, he was engaged in a trucking business. In the beginning, he drove livestock to St. Louis, and then loaded his empty truck with hardware and products for the local hardware store in Cave In Rock. Eventually, R & B trucking was established, and it was managed by other partners and family members.
On July 24, 1939, he married Laura Zinn Williams, daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Gretchen (Zinn) Williams, in St. Charles, Mo. They enjoyed more than 67 years of marriage.
He also worked in the fluorspar mines, with his friend, Robin Hastie. He, Robin, and Ted Rigsby then worked together in the limestone quarry business. By 1941, Rad and Ted began Rigsby and Barnard Quarry, while Robin left to begin other successful businesses of his own.
Rad encouraged people to be productive and led by example. If he wasn't at the quarry, he'd be at one of his farms, the water plant, or in the garden. He was a civic leader, bank director, water district superintendent, church deacon, and successful businessman and cattleman. Rad was a member of the Cave In Rock First Christian Church, Lions Club, and Masonic Lodge 444.
Regardless of his many work projects, he made time to enjoy a few hobbies. He loved to quail hunt, care for his bird dogs, shoot clay pigeons, and marvel at the great outdoors. In the early years, Laura Z. and he also bowled on a couples bowling league. He later became an amateur beekeeper and photographer.
Traveling to new destinations was a great fascination for him, too. He loved driving vacations. It was on many of these driving trips that he taught his grandchildren to drive and read an atlas. For those grandkids who had no sense of direction, he would smile and say "They get that from Laura Z., because she can't find her way out of a paste board box." Laura Z. would smile and readily agree.
As he grew older, he took to the skies. He always wanted a window seat on the plane and never wasted a minute sleeping. He was captivated as he would watch the horizon and land changes as he flew from place to place. His pace might have slowed, but it didn't keep him at home.
Rad believed that God was his creator and knew he was a successful businessman because of God's blessings upon his life. Rad, in return, was always a generous and kind man, who was loved and respected by his family and community. He leaves an honorable legacy and will be greatly missed!
Survivors include his wife; Laura Z. Barnard of Marion, Ill., daughter and son-in-law, Brenda Kay and husband, Bill Bayne; and son, Charles Radford Barnard, all of Cave In Rock, Ill.; grandchildren, Greg Bayne and wife, Reishel, Gayla Dale and husband, Charles, Gina Kay Reed and, husband, Jeremy, all of Cave In Rock, Ill., Judi Kay Main and husband, Joe, and Laura Susan Jones and husband, Jim, all of Marion, Ill., Angela Milligan, of Johnston City, Ill. and Michelle Sewter and husband, Joe, of Newtown, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Julie and Bryan Bayne, Brandi Gullett and husband, Mike, Brady Dale, Chad and Michelle C. Barnard, Rob and Rachel Main, Jessica and Anna Jane Milligan, Jackie and Josi Reed, Henry and Emily Jones; special daughter-in-law, Marna Barnard Heron, of Estes Park, Colo.; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Verdna "Bubby" Austin, Opal Frailey and Laura "Sissy" and Billy Dee Switzer; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Weldon "Bill" and Norma Jean and Ray and Marie Barnard; two sisters-in-law, Zella Barnard and Ilene Barnard and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Winfred and Willard "Jesse" Barnard; sister, Irene "Tootie" Kaegi; grandson, Charles "Chip" Radford Barnard II; nephews, Herb Oxford Jr., James Kenreck, Deon Barnard, Denny Barnard; niece, Arvetta Spivey Hyfield; brothers-in-law, Arthur Austin Sr., Charles Edward Kaegi, James Arthur Frailey, Charles Thomas Williams, and sister-in-law, Phyllis Ann Williams.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at the Cave In Rock First Christian Church, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in the Cave Hill Cemetery of Cave In Rock.
For those who prefer to make a memorial contribution, the family has requested either "Cave In Rock First Christian Church" or "Hospice of Southern Illinois". Memorial contribution envelopes will be available at the church or may be mailed, c/o Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959.
Arrangements are entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959.
Those wishing additional information may contact the funeral home by calling (618) 993-2131.
Published in the Courier Press on 4/1/2007.
Cave Hill Cemetery
Created by: Roger Gleitz
Record added: Apr 01, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18725413
HiI wish I could have found out about you before you went on to heaven. We share common ancestors back in Hardin of the 1800's! (I now live in Australia though) Your Great Grandfather, Thomas Spencer Barnard (son of Allen Andrew Barnard and Polly Hobbs) ...(Read more)|
Kris Barnard IV
Added: May. 31, 2007
I've been working on our Barnard family tree, and find that Rad's, great grandfather, and my husbands great, great grandfather were brothers...Both sons of Allen and Polly Barnard. Small world, so sorry to find you too late, you sounded like a wonderful p...(Read more)|
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He later became an amateur beekeeper and photographer.|
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