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E. Lee Barnett

Lee Barnett, age 97, of Sedalia, passed away April 20, 2020 in Joplin, Missouri Mercy Hospital after a three month illness.

He was born September 12, 1922, in Adrian, son of Finley H. and Dora (Johnson) Barnett.

On August 7, 1988, in Sedalia, he married Flora Jane Baldwin.

Lee served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He worked as a District Manager for General Motors for 25 years.  He was a longtime member of Parkview Christian Church.  After his retirement from GMC he volunteered and served in his community in many different avenues including: BFY, Bothwell Regional Health Center for almost 10 years, Meals on Wheels, AARP tax aide volunteer as well as AARP Safe Driving Program, and ombudsman to a nursing home for the Department of Aging.

Surviving are his wife, Jane; one daughter, Pam Belk (Homer) of Carthage, Mo; 3 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 8 step great grandchildren, 1 great great granddaughter and 5 step great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Howard; two sisters, Mary Brown and Doris Barnett; one daughter, Susan Smith; and one step daughter, Shirley Schroeder.

A private graveside service will be held Friday, May 1, 2020, at Crown Hill Cemetery, with Rev. Rodney Brown officiating.

Memorials are suggested to Show-Me Christian Youth Home.

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