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Gordon Barnes

Gordon B. Barnes

Sunday, April 29th, 1945 - Sunday, August 16th, 2020
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Gordon B. Barnes, 75, Of New Holland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, August 16th, 2020, after a brief illness.

He was born in Grove City to the late Aaron Guiher Barnes and Claribel (Giebner) Barnes. In 1969 Gordon received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior and the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This experience revolutionized his life. At the Lighthouse, Stoneboro, PA, he became a licensed minister of the gospel.

In May of 1970 Gordon met his wife of 49 years, Diann L. Cozad of Greenville, PA. They were married in the Lighthouse Chapel on September 19, 1970.

Gordon had passion for people and loved deep, especially the incarcerated. He received a call to prison ministry while working as a correctional officer at Mercer County Jail where his father was a deputy warden. Later, Gordon became a professional driver and drove for over 30 years. He always made time to stop and pray with a lonely trucker or minister to an individual in jail, prison or simply the disenfranchised.

In addition to his wife, Gordon is survived by Gina B. Kays, Matthew and Dena Straub, Timothy and Jennie Straub and the delight of his heart, nine grandchildren: Samuel Gordon Kays and Brianna Kays, Devorah N. Staub, Adelynn L. Straub, Stephen M. Straub, Clarissa D. Straub, Cheyenne R. Straub, Dakota K. Straub and Kaliska A. Straub. He is also survived by a beloved sister, Wenda (Lily) Barnes Gramlich.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to The Lord's Sanctuary, Nakuru, Kenya. Please make checks payable and mail to Good Shepherd Community Church, MEMO: Kenya, PO Box 272, Reamstown, PA 17567.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
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Donations are being accepted for: The Lord's Sanctuary.


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Casey Wert

Posted at 09:54pm
I I have so many wonderful memories during the prison fellowship era and I wouldn’t know how to begin.He was truly a man of God and always shined for Jesus!He was such a blessing to everyone thatcame in contact with him. He change so many lives and let so many people to the Lord. His laughter was so contagious and he was just like a jovial big teddy bear!I loved Gordon and I will continue to pray for you, Diann,Gina, Dena and Jennie and the grandkids! I love you guys

Cerwin & Doris High

Posted at 07:29pm
Diann and family, we were sad to read about Gordon's passing - sad for you - but happy for him. He always encouraged us when we met at TFC functions. Cerwin and Doris High

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