Rollin LeRoy Barnes died on March 14, 2019, at Avera Maryhouse, at the age of 95 years, 2 months, and 17 days. His Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 23, at First United Methodist Church, Pierre.

He was born on December 25, 1923, rural Harrold in Sully County, SD to Melvin and Carrie (Husted) Barnes. He lived on the family farm until he volunteered for the Navy in 1944 and served for 2½ years in the Pacific Campaign during WWII.

After getting out of the Navy he met the love of his life, Virginia Wakefield, and married her on December 19, 1948. To this union four children were born, Nancy, Nina, Dorn, and Darda. He ranched/ farmed north of Harrold and also worked as a crop insurance adjuster. When he retired he moved to Custer where he worked during the summers at the Flintstones running their movie theater. Eventually he moved back to just east of Pierre where he lived out his life. He helped an area rancher for several years. Many winters were spent in Arizona where they built a house.

He started the Southeast Sully 4-H club and led it for 20 years. He was on both local and county school boards, the Sully County Fair Board and the Harrold Methodist church board.

He loved to travel. This love took him to all 50 states and all 7 continents. He was active in the Ballroom Swishers dance club and Prairie Rattles Antique Car Club in Pierre until his passing. He enjoyed playing all sorts of games and cards with anybody that was willing to play with him. Woodworking was a hobby he enjoyed and he made many frames for his wife’s painting hobby.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Pierre; 4 children, Nancy Pietz, Brandon, Nina (Don) Fromm, Pierre, Dorn (Linda) Barnes, Harrold, and Darda (Lee) Schneider, Britton; 15 grandkids, two step-grandkids, 20 great-grandkids, two step-great grandkids, three step-great-great-grandkids; two sisters, Zelma Dean, Sioux Falls, and Zada Brock, Grand Island, NE; two brothers, Raymond Barnes, Huron, and Kenneth (Judy), Boyne City, MI; sister-in-law, Eldora Barnes, Harrold; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: three brothers, Baby Boy Barnes, Chester Barnes, and Marvin Barnes; two brothers-in-law, Virgil Dean and Kenneth Brock; sonin-law Wayne Pietz; grandson-in-law, Andrew Johnson; and great-grandson, Atticus Schneider.

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