Kevin Lloyd Barnard went home to Jesus on March 20, 2021 at the age of 66.
Kevin was a beloved son of Ralph Otto and Lurena Mae (Fuller) Barnard born on January 20,1955. Kevin grew up in Blandford, MA and attended the local schools. He met his wife Susan working at Kentucky Fried Chicken at the age of 19. They were married the following year. In 1975 the couple trekked across the country to Washington State. They returned to Massachusetts after their cross country adventure to embark on the adventure of parenting. Melissa was born in 1977 and Kelly was born in 1979. In 1980, Kevin and Susan moved to Washington State to be closer to Kevin’s brother and sister in law, Richard and Linda Barnard. Eight days after arriving in Washington, Mt. St Helen’s erupted. When the explosion of the mountain didn’t scare the young couple back to the east coast, they decided to make Washington their permanent home and welcomed a third daughter, Jamie, in 1982.
Kevin knew Jesus his whole life but grew closer and deeper in his faith in more recent years. Kevin and Susan found a wonderful church community at Crossroads Community Covenant Church in Yelm.
Kevin cared for all those in his life with a deep love and a generous heart. Every child that ever met him loved him. He was a generous friend to all. He will be greatly missed by many.
Kevin is survived by his wife, Susan, of 46 years. His siblings, two older brothers: Bud Barnard, Rick Barnard and two younger sisters, Renaye Forgey and Kolleen Wickens; his three daughters - Melissa Rus and her husband, Kevin, Kelly Wemp and her husband, Barry and Jamie Stumph and her husband, Rick; and his 6 cherished grandchildren- Seth and Ezra Wemp, Caleb and Eli Rus, Reese and Ruby Stumph. Kevin also leaves behind a large family of loving nieces and nephews.
Please join us in celebrating Kevin’s life on Saturday, April 17 from 10 - noon at Crossroads Community Covenant Church at 11520 Bald Hills Rd SE in Yelm. Kevin was a big fan of motorcycles, fishing, Red Sox and the Patriots. Please join the family in wearing any or a combo of all three in honor of Kevin.