Robert O. “Bob” Barney


Robert O. “Bob” Barney, age 77 of Highland, IL, died Sunday, May 08, 2016, at San Gabriel Memory Care in Highland, IL.

He was born on Thursday, June 23, 1938, in Kankakee, IL, the son of Harold and Ruth (nee Johnson) Barney.

On Saturday, December 02, 1995, he married Junealda K. Giger Kamhoeffner (nee Kadell) at Nashville, TN, who survives.

He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, IL; sang tenor with The Evangelical United Church of Christ Choir; JOY Singers; Highland Pistol and Rifle Club.

Born and reared at Kankakee, IL; attended school at Kankakee up to the eighth grade; then attended Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School, just north of Kankakee, graduated in the class of 1956. Graduate of Illinois State Normal University (I.S.U.) in 1960; 1965 graduated from I.S.U., Normal, IL with a Masters degree. He taught math (1961 – 1965) at Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, IL; a principal (1965 – 1968) at Danvers High School, Danvers, IL; principal, teacher and coach (1968 – 1983) at Grantfork Elementary School, Grantfork, IL,; taught fourth through sixth grades (1983 – 1993) at Highland Elementary School, Highland, IL; retired in 1993; substitute teacher (1993 – 1995). He and his wife traveled extensively though out the United States, covering all 50 states. He was a Boy Scoutmaster of Highland Troop 43 and Grantfork Troop 66. He was a bee keeper. He had horses and carriages. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap and skeet shooting, camping and producing family genealogy books.

Survivors include:
Wife – Junealda K. Giger Kamphoeffner Barney nee Kadell, Highland, IL
Daughter – Beth A. Duncan, Edwardsville, IL
Daughter – Catherine R. Politte, Saint Charles, MO
Step-Son – Keith M. (Eileen) Giger, Franklin, TN
Step-Son – David J. (Caroline) Giger, Highland, IL
Step-Daughter – Janis Giger (Ron) Kleck, Lombard, IL
Grandson – Donnell “D.J.” Duncan, Jr., Edwardsville, IL
Granddaughter – Catherine “Katy” Arnold, St. Charles, MO
Step-granddaughter – Lena Giger, Highland, IL
Step-grandson – Alexander Giger, Franklin, TN
Step-grandson – Matthew Giger, Franklin, TN
Brother – Dr. Charles R. Barney, St. Charles, MO
Former Wife – Mary C. Doenitz (Married 6/11/1961), Waterloo, IL.

He was preceded in death by:
Father – Harold C. Barney died February 1992
Mother – Ruth M. (Johnson) Barney died 12/7/2008.

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL.

Funeral service will be at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL., with Rev. Christopher W. Hill, Senior Pastor, officiating.

Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Highland Animal Shelter.