Gordon Allen Barnes, 59, of Jefferson City, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City. He was born on February 17, 1952, in Stillwater, Okla., a son of Gordon and Sarah (Stafford) Barnes. Gordon attended Peter Pan School and State Training Center #3. He worked at Capital Projects for 45 years where he was one of the first employees. Gordon was an athlete for Special Olympics and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield in 2005. He enjoyed playing softball, basketball, bowling, bocci ball, track and field and golf. He was a longtime active member of Jefferson City Parks and Recreation, Friday Night Recs. He was a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 213 where he was proud to become an Eagle Scout. Gordon was an active member of First Baptist Church where he was a door greeter and a member of the Exceptional Peoples Class. He loved to listen to the scanner to keep track of the local police and fire calls. On the CB radio, he was known as "Oklahoma Kid." In addition to his parents, Gordon is survived by his three brothers: Steve Barnes and his wife Alice of Jefferson City, Michael Barnes and his wife Sheri of Jefferson City, and Kevin Barnes and his wife Edith of Jefferson City; one sister: Sharon Schaefer and her husband Larry of Westphalia; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends will be received from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home with Dr. Doyle Sager officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First Baptist Church or Capital Projects-Sheltered Workshop, Jefferson City. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main, (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at millardfamilychapels.com.
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