In Memoriam : Peter Barnard

Peter Barnard Peter Witter "Pete" Barnard - age: 86
(March 24, 1934 to March 23, 2021 )
Resident of Ukiah, California

Peter Witter “Pete” Barnard met with Jesus on March 23, 2021 in Santa Rosa, California in the presence of his son Michael Ogle. Pete, 86, was born on March 24, 1934 in Winsted, Connecticut. Pete was preceded in death by his wife Dolores Barnard of 51 years, parents Ford Beverly and Margaret Barnard, sister Anne Agee, brother-in-law Duval (Mickey) Agee, nephew Michael Agee, step-brothers Roger and Gary Stewart and step-parents Lillian and Harold Stewart.

Pete is survived by his step-brother Carl Stewart(Nancy), step-sisters Judy Stewart and Leslie English, son Michael Ogle(Cindie), daughter Terri Bauer(Gordon), daughter Kristi Bennett(Clint), nephews Douglas Agee(Beth), James Agee, Danny Agee, Chris and Jeremy Stewart, nieces Linda Agee, Kimberly Gillem, Nadya Sanchez, Kirsten Ramsdell, and nine grandchildren: Jordyn and Aubrey Bennett, Steven Ogle, Kenneth Jensen, Ryan and Jason Bauer, Preston and Eric Lee and Stacia Mora.

Pete grew up on the streets of Brooklyn but preferred the country life in the Adirondack Mountains, and was employed by the Northern Lumber Company during summers off of college from Paul Smith College and North Carolina State. Pete’s love for life in the country grew on the Stewart Farm in upstate NY where he met his country brothers Roger, Gary and Carl Stewart and their wonderful parents Lil and Harold Stewart.

Pete chose to pursue a career aligned with the outdoors, and began his career with the United States Forest Service assigned to a position in Covelo, CA. Arriving in his Plymouth Valiant station wagon, Pete was very much at home in the woods of the Mendocino National Forest. Within a few years, Pete was offered a job with FM Crawford Lumber Company/Louisiana Pacific where he served as a Forester and ultimately Resource Manager for twenty-five years. In his later years, Pete worked with students with disabilities at Frank Zeek Elementary School and ran the scale at a rock quarry on the Willits’ grade.

To anyone who knew Pete well, it was no secret that he loved deer hunting. Whether hunting locally in Mendocino County or out of state in Nevada, Colorado, Utah or Wyoming, Pete became very single-minded every year when the leaves began to turn.

What made Pete glow, however, was the relationship with his children and grandchildren. Their activities were a fascination, whether sports, performances or just being kids. As a twenty-seven year old, Pete met, was swept off his feet by and married Dolores Ogle, and became an instant Dad to Terri and Mike. No holiday was too insignificant for gift giving which he went about with characteristic zeal.

Pete served in the United States Army assigned to the 71st Infantry Division, 723rd Tank Battalion as an Assistant Gunnery Instructor. He excelled in teaching M48 Patton combat tank crews at Camp Irwin, California. Pete trained his soldiers as tank gunners and honed his marksmanship skills for his lifetime love of hunting. Pete was awarded the National Defense Service Medal during his service with the US Army and remained a steadfast patriot to his country until his death.

The Memorial Service for Pete Barnard will be held beginning at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 7 at Ukiah Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow.

Michael Mitchel - June 6, 2021Contact this person Contact this person
Pete and I were mostly fast acquaintances bound together by a love of hunting and guns. A mutual friend, Jim Currivan, introduced us sometime in the 1980s, maybe. When Jim retired and moved to the ranch near Deeth, Nevada, with its thousands of acres of deer country, Pete and I became perennial guests and hunters. We were there mostly at different times, but enough to maintain our acquaintance. Jim kept me informed during Pete's last illness. Another thing we had in common was our military service, which never came up, not unusual with ex-soldiers. I too was in armor, as a tank commander, 1st Armored Division, during the early years of the Viet Nam fiasco. It is too brushy over there for any kind of armored presence, so I didn't ship over. I did teach my gunner to be a helluva good shot. I wish we could have traded those stories. To all who read this, I offer my condolences. Pete lived a full life and had a good ride, but; we are diminished. Mike Mitchel, Spring Creek, Nevada