Robert Barnes Obituary

Robert O. Barnes
Robert O. Barnes
Robert O. Barnes

April 30, 1931 - March 19, 2010
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Waukee, IA
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Robert "Bob" Barnes, 78, a retired attorney, died of congestive heart failure on March 19, 2010 at the Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, at Iles Funeral Homes – Westover Chapel in Des Moines. In agreement with Bob's wishes, cremation rites will follow the visitation. A memorial graveside service will be held at 4 p.m., on Thursday, March 25, at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Bob was born April 30, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from Perry High School and Drake University. He served in the United States Navy as a Medical Corpsman stationed on the Carrier USS Hornet. He received a JD from Drake University Law School in 1957.

His law career included family and insurance law in private practice in Des Moines and Atlantic, Iowa. From 1990 to 2003 he was a litigation attorney in San Francisco. Bob retired from active practice in 2004 and moved to Des Moines.

A recovering alcoholic for 28 years, Bob was active in the recovery community and sponsored many other recovering alcoholics.

Survivors include five children, Belinda Burdick (John Pellegrino) of Reston, VA, Deborah (Joe) Zuendel of Cameron Park, CA, Robyn (Mark) Sloan of Des Moines, Melanie (Chris) Ekeland of Shawnee, KS and Jeffrey Barnes of Des Moines; a brother, David C. (Myrna) Barnes of Newport Beach, CA; his companion, Patricia Doyle of Des Moines; and 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Klaudette Diddy Barnes; his parents, Robert Oliver and Helen Blakeslee Barnes; and one grandson, Joey.

Memorials may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous Des Moines Chapter.





Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, March 25, 2010
4:00 PM


Alcoholics Anonymous
1400 Penn Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50316