Name:   Lyman Ayres Barnes

From:  The Clay Center Times, Clay Center, Kansas
Date:  May 29, 1930

Barnes---In the early hours of the afternoon, May 21, Lyman Barnes, a long time resident of the Green community, quietly passed from time into eternity. Though his death was not unexpected, when it was known, there fell a shadow of personal loss that touched nearly all who knew him.

The story of his life is as follows: Lyman A. Barnes, son of W. E. Barnes, was born near Rockford, Illinois, on April 2, 1862, and departed this life at the age of 68 years, 1 month and 19 days, at his home near Green. He grew to young manhood in his Illinois home. Then he came to Kansas with his folks and settled on a farm six miles east of Clay Center. On February 28, 1889 he was united in marriage to Miss Aurilla Ogden by Rev. J. T. Reynolds, then pastor of the Highland United Brethren Church. To this union were born seven children. The oldest of these, Charles, died in infancy, and six remain to cherish the memory of a Christian father. They are Warren and Forrest of the Highland community; Lester and Lowell of Lincoln, Nebr., and Merna and Marion at home. While yet a young man he was converted and united with the Highland United Brethren church, serving as class leader for a number of years.

In 1910 he moved his family to the Fact neighborhood, and transferred his membership to the Fact United Brethren church. For more than forty years he has continued to honor the church by his attendance and devoted service. Besides the above named children, he leaves to mourn his departure his wife; two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Layman, and Mrs. Ellen Thomas, both of Harvard, Ill; eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Barnes' gentle and kindly disposition endeared him to all. A few years ago he suffered a severe illness, from which he never entirely recovered, though he has been able to be up and doing his farming work. He often expressed surprise at the number of friends he discovered he possessed during his illness. The past five months he has been under the doctor's care and most of that time confined to his home. The whole community grieves with the family in the loss of our friend. The funeral services were held at the Fact United Brethren church on Friday afternoon at two o'clock in charge of Rev. W.F. Coy, pastor. A short service preceded this at home. A mixed quartet composed of Mr. W. T. Lloyd, Mrs. Frank Reichers, and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Spurrier sang "Sweetly Resting," "No Night There," "No Disappointment in Heaven," "Where We'll Never Grow Old," and "Going Down the Valley." Body bearers were Chris Heer, Les Baker, Henry Dahm, Will Pfile, Jake Heer, and Mart Trautwein. Burial was made in Greenwood cemetery. Relatives who came from a distance were: Mrs. Mildred Layman of Harvard, Illinois, Mrs. Frank Cutting of Lenora, Kansas, and Mr. and Mrs. Ira Barnes of Manhattan, Kansas.