Clifford Barnhart

Clifford Barnhart

Sunday, May 31st, 1931 - Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
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Clifford Eugene Barnhart, 89 years of age, passed away at home the evening of November 24th. Cliff was suffering
from the complications of prostate cancer but stayed sharp and positive to the end. Cliff’s family stayed by his side
throughout his last days.
Cliff was born in Columbus Ohio, an only child to Charles Albert Barnhart and Emma Louise Petty, on May 31, 1931.
Cliff was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He was humble, generous and
extremely kind. He gave his family tremendous love and support.
After graduating from high school and managing the H & H Hardware Store in Columbus, Cliff enlisted in the Air Force
in 1951. Cliff was assigned as an instructor at the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne Wyoming, where he
met and then married Colleen Gunson of Ault.
Cliff served with honor in the Korean War and received several medals; Good Conduct, Korean Service, National
Defense Service, and the United Nations Service medals. Cliff was also an accomplished trumpet player, playing in
the Air Force marching band during his military service. Cliff attained the rank of Staff Sergeant while stationed in
Korea before being discharged from the Air Force in July of 1955.
After leaving the service, Cliff was hired by Mountain Bell. His brilliance, hard work ethic, and integrity eventually led
him out of the field and into sales with US West Communications. He had an extremely successful career for many
years and was formally recognized for his outstanding performance many times over his career as an account
executive in Wyoming, receiving multiple awards and formal celebrations in recognition of his accomplishments.
Cliff spent more than twenty years going on annual trout and salmon fishing trips with family. These fall adventures
were always filled with many fond memories. Besides catching the first fish, we could always count on either Dad or
Uncle Norm to beat us in our evening cribbage matches.
Retiring after 40 years, Cliff and Colleen took art classes discovering a talent and love for oil painting, meeting weekly
and sharing their passion with very dear friends.
Cliff will be deeply missed by his wife, Colleen Barnhart, his daughter Lori Clifton, his son Phil and his wife Doris
Barnhart, his daughter in-law Jo Lynn Barnhart, granddaughter Brittney and her husband Trevor Mccarty, grandson
Devin and his wife Sierra Barnhart, grandson Alex Clifton and his wife Ann Delany, great-grandson Daxton Barnhart ,
step great-granddaughters Tayven and Abrie Mccarty, plus loving nieces Julie Hall, Jan Kenny, Tam Booth and
Marcie Sheets and their beautiful families.
Cliff is preceded in death by his eldest son, Charlie, as well as his parents.
Celebration of Cliff’s incredible life will be held at a later time when gatherings of loved ones are safe again.
Since Cliff had a passion for reading, memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Northern Plains Public
Library, PO Box147, Ault, CO 80610.
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John Schulz

Posted at 03:01pm
My condolences to the Barnhart and Reed families. Cliff was an outstanding individual who served his community well. I always so enjoyed visiting with him at VFW events. He will be missed.

Nick Lobato

Posted at 07:50am
Sending prayers and hugs to the family that I grew up being around during High School. Phillip was my best friend and I knew the family well. My wife and I ran into your dad a few times over the years and as always your dad was a true friend. May your dad Rest In Peace and be free of his pain. We love you guys! Nick & Patty

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