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Newell A. Barney “Grandpa Barney”

On March 27, 2020 at 6:15AM, Newell A. Barney “Grandpa Barney” passed peacefully to be with his wife Katherine and daughter Geraldine. Along with an amazing legacy, he leaves behind 6 children, Gail Barney (Pam), Brenda McClure (Alyn), Marilyn Osborn, Kenneth Barney (Cindy), Janet Strebeck (Jay), Sharon Arrington (Dan), 44 grandchildren, 136 great grandchildren, and 9 great, great grandchildren. At the age of 95, he lived a full life and was an example to us all. Newell was born on December 6th, 1924 to Arthur and Lucy Barney in Safford Arizona. He was a World War II Veteran. He married Katherine Mecham on June 25th, 1947 and moved to Queen Creek in January 1949, and has lived in the same beautiful home for over 70 years where he farmed and raised his family. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully as a Youth Leader, Bishop, Stake President, Mission President, Patriarch and Temple Sealer. He was also active in the community serving on many boards to include the Queen Creek School Board, the AZ Boys Ranch Board, Queen Creek Farm Bureau, the Water Irrigation District Board, Chandler Gin Co Board and the Chandler Hospital Board.

Due to the unique circumstances we are in right now, we are not able to hold a traditional funeral at this time. The family will hold something private for now and decisions will be made at a later date about a possible memorial celebration. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Humanitarian Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The family appreciates all the love and support they have received from everyone. Newell has touched so many lives. He is one of the most humble and loving men and always made others feel so special. He lived his life giving service to others.

To honor Newell A. Barney, follow his example by living a Christlike life of service and compassion towards one another.

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  • Jack and Erin Carter Posted March 30, 2020 6:39 PM

    We send our heartfelt love and sympathy to the entire family. “Grandpa” made a difference in all of our lives. Everyone was touched by his love and effort to to live a Christ centered life.

  • Charlotte (McWilliams) Bendele Posted March 31, 2020 9:40 AM

    From the fresh corn, potatoes, delicious melons, to swimming in the pool, and seeing him at the temple……my kids and I will always have beautiful memories of Uncle Newell. He was such a kind and great example of the Savior. I would say “rest well”, but I never knew him to rest much, and I’m sure he’s finding lots to do on the other side. Wishing all of his family and friends comfort in their beautiful memories of him. ♥️

  • Christine Thatcher Posted March 31, 2020 10:13 AM

    What a wonderful man he is! Loved his watermelons! Loved the family reunions! He will be missed dearly! He was loved dearly! My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family. May you find peace at this time! Thank you for the excellent example you are, Uncle Newell!

  • Gregg Brooks Posted April 1, 2020 8:39 AM

    I had the great blessing of having Newell Barney as my Bishop when I was growing up in Queen Creek.He was truly a Bishop dedicated to the youth. He seemed to be able to find time to be at all of our youth activities. I learned much from him growing up. I learned about patience, serving and unconditional love.It wasn’t things he necessarily preached. It was more his Christlike example to us. Thank you Barney children for sharing your dad with me in my youth. He has been an important influence in my life.

  • Scott Saunders Posted April 23, 2020 10:05 AM

    great man, great mission President. He was my mission president, in Ventura, California, in 1986. He sealed me and my wife, also. Super kind man.

  • Shawn Moyes Posted May 5, 2020 4:26 PM

    As a missionary in Queen Creek in 1990 Pres Barney and I quickly connected because of my love of farming up here in Northern Utah. My companion and I lived over on Germann next to Chris and Ronny Cooley and we probably spent too much time over to Barney’s, he always had a prototype John Deere he was using for the tractor company to see if it was any good. In my 30 years since I was there serving I have thought of he and sister Barney many times and how they made me feel as a homesick farm boy from Utah. How I loved them.

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