|Birth: ||Jul. 26, 1921|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 19, 2008|
A memorial service for retired Major Clarence Vernon Barnett 87 of Independence formerly of Coos Bay will be held at Coos Bay Chapel in Coos Bay, Oregon. A reception will follow at Blanco Masonic Lodge in Coos Bay. A graveside inurnment service with military honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.
Clarence was born in New Brunswick, NJ the son of Joseph Wiegand and Harriett Finch Tilton Barnett. He grew up on the family chicken farm and graduated from New Brunswick Senior High School in January of 1940. In January of 1942, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and eventually received his pilot's wings.
He met his wife, Ethel Mae Breneman, in Cheyenne, Wyoming and they were married a short three months later on January 7, 1944.
During World War II, Clarence was stationed in the India-China-Burma area where he flew transport planes loaded with fuel over the Himalayas as a Hump Pilot for the Flying Tigers. During the Korean War, he piloted a Mosquito over the front lines, spotting enemy forces. He was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War and flew equipment to Vietnam where he assisted in building radar towers. During his service, he received many medals and honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross and was honored by the Chinese Air Force with Chinese Air Force wings. Clarence retired from the military at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizonia in 1968. He was proud of his military service and loved being a pilot.
He moved his family to Oregon in 1969 and later moved to Coos Bay in 1971. Clarence was very involved with Masonic organizations. He was a Master Mason and life member of Blanco Lodge #48 AF & AM. He became a Shriner with the Hillah Shrine and was a member of the Hillah Shrine Clown Unit. He loved being a clown and participated in many parades. He was an Associate Guardian for Bethel #17 International Order of Job's Daughters and an Associate Grand Guardian for the Oregon Grand Guardian Council for Job's Daughters. Clarence was a member of and a Past Worthy Patron of Doric Chapter #53 Order of the Eastern Star. He also was a member of the American Legion and a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church while living in Coos Bay. In 2004, he and Ethel moved to Independence to be closer to family.
Clarence enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, clamming and crabbing. He especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in various sports.
(bio by: The Locator)
MAJ US AIR FORCE, WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
Willamette National Cemetery
Plot: Section 2 Site 7-K
Created by: GCO (Inactive)
Record added: Apr 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36255566