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“Evan though I didn't know Ward well, I rember his smile, and love for life. Jesus said in this world we would have tribulation; but be of good cheer...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Jeanne Barnes Ware

“Thank you Ward for the many years of memories!! You are the BEST. My deepest sympathy is with the Barnes Family. ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Denelle Hibl - Dickinson ND

“I worked with Ward 4 years at Able and he taught me so much. What a great guy he was! All the memories of him will never be forgotten. It was...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Bethani Salazar - Lincoln, NE

“sorry to hear about your loss ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: Elizabeth Cummins Hooker

“I used to work at able. Ward was an awesome guy.. I loved arm wrestling with him and once and a while sneaking in a cartoon when Karen wasnt around.....Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Melissa (Shear) Sauvageau

“I am very sorry for your loss, I have been praying for all of you since I found out about Ward. When I worked with Ward I learned so much from him,...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Laura Shypkoski - Dickinson, ND

“So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you! ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: June Hintz Garcia - Houston TX

“I am so sorry to hear about Ward's passing. I remember him well at the Barnes family gatherings when I was young. My prayers are with you all. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Tami Ellison Conrad Glendive, MT

“I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to get to know and work with Ward for the past 3 years at his home in Dickinson. When I started my...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Paula Lengowski - Dickinson ND

“I have fond memories of Ward with each visit we made to the Dakotas. I was always happy and had a beautiful smile. ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: Dave and Nancy Lamoreaux

“My prayers are going out to the Barnes family, that they will find comfort knowing Ward is with the LORD. I have had the privilige knowing and...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Amy Dukart - Dickinson, ND

“I am sorry about your loss. I am praying for all of you. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Jessy - Yankton, SD

“So sorry for your loss. In our thoughts and prayers during this diffcult time. ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Ryan and Stephanie(Froelich) Archibald

“May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Barnes Family, So sorry to hear about the loss of...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Julie Ebert - Tea, SD

“Was sorry to hear of "Wardy" he was always such a delight. He loved all of you very much. Keeping all of you in our prayers. Mark and Cathy ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Mark and Cathy Evans - Lemmon

“So sorry to hear about Ward. Love & prayers. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Marla Pederson - West Fargo

“To the family of Ward; We are sorry to hear about Ward and want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Fred & Karen ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Karen Beer - Lemmon SD

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ward was indeed a very special person who will be missed. God bless you all with his comfort and love. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Charlotte & Tim Kvale - Lemmon

“I'm very sorry to hear of Ward's passing. Our thoughts and prayer's are with you during this difficult time. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Travis & Carol Ellison Lemmon, SD

“Barnes Family: Mere words cannot expres our heartfelt sympathy. We will always remember how much fun Ward had at Shadehill Recreation with his...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Gary and Lynda Edwards

“Our thoughts & prayers are with you. ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Ed & LaVonne Rook - Roundup,Mt

“So sorry to hear of your loss, our deepest sympathy goes out to your family.. You are in our prayers. ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Cindy and John Hetzel Lemmon, SD

“Our sympathy to the family on Ward. May God be with u during this difficult time. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Al and Tiss Treib - Lemmon


Funeral services for Ward D. Barnes, age 49, of Dickinson, ND formerly of Lemmon, SD will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Lemmon. Pastor Tom Penning will officiate with burial at the Union Cemetery north of Lemmon.

Ward D. Barnes was born on October 21, 1960 in Lemmon, SD to Guy and Irene (Jensen) Barnes. Choosing a first name was obvious; it had to start with 'W'. Choosing a middle name was not so easy. After many suggestions by his siblings, none of which got unanimous support, a middle initial of 'D' was chosen and the nickname 'Wardy' was born.

Having six older brothers and sisters meant that Ward was carried everywhere and included in almost everything practically from the day he came home from the hospital. When it became obvious that Ward was not walking on schedule, doctors were consulted and the sad diagnosis of cerebral palsy was given. Later epilepsy was added to the list of maladies.

At age 17, Ward was moved to the Grafton State School, where he remained until moving to the ABLE home in Dickinson, ND on January 6, 1986. He spent the next 24 years surrounded by loving caregivers and friends who soon became an extension of his own family.

One of Ward's loves was flying in airplanes. His brothers-in-law, Lonnie or Bob, would fly to Grafton or Dickinson to get Ward so he could come to Lemmon for family events, family reunions, Christmas or just to visit. Once Bob was flying Ward home and they hit some turbulent weather. Ward was bounced around pretty good, and with every bounce, Bob would yell 'BOOM!' Ever after, Bob was 'Boom-Boom' as far as Ward was concerned. Ward was always happy just to be included in what his family was doing, whether it was eating dinner out together, fishing, shopping, boating, bowling, having ice cream at McDonald's, or even watching his brothers and sisters play a game of pinochle.

Ward loved the color blue, and given the choice he would always choose a blue shirt, pants or baseball cap. Wardy loved his family and friends and always greeted them with a handshake or a high-five and his ever present smile. It can truly be said that Ward taught his family more about life then they could have ever taught him.

Ward passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Dickinson.

Grateful for having shared in Ward's life are his three brothers and one sister-in-law, Walter Barnes, Wayne and Vicki Barnes and Willard Barnes, all of Lemmon, SD; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Delilah and Ron Holdahl, Bernita Barnes, all of Lemmon, SD and Mary and Robert Holdahl, Yankton, SD; 13 nieces and nephews, Brad (Carrie) Derschan, Brooke (Casey) Dauwen, Brenda Derschan, Chad (Jocelyn) Barnes, Michael (Dottie) Barnes, Nikki (Brandon) Schmiesing, Marisa Barnes, Matthew (Stacey) Barnes, Courtney (Dakota) Hulm, Heath (Amanda) Holdahl, Tessa (Rodney) Hanson, Navah Holdahl and Ethan Thom; 15 great-nieces and nephews and two on the way; and a host of family and friends at the ABLE Home in Dickinson, ND.

Wardy was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Irene Barnes, one brother, William Barnes and a twin brother in infancy; one sister, Linda Barnes; two brothers-in-law, Adam Derschan and Lonnie Thom; and two nephews, Nathan Barnes and Jim Holdahl.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.

A memorial has been established to the ABLE Home in Dickinson, ND.