ST. PAUL — William B. “Bill” Barnett, 81, of St. Paul died Monday, June 10, 2019, at his home.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. June 24 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Paul with the Rev. Steven Neal officiating. Private family inurnment will be later. He chose cremation.

Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.


Bill was born on Dec. 26, 1937, in Milwaukee, son of Roland and Dorothy (Baker) Barnett. He grew up in the Milwaukee area where he graduated from Rufus King High School in 1955. He met the love of his life, Marion Huckstep, in school.

Bill and Marion were united in marriage on June 25, 1955, in Milwaukee. Bill and Marion celebrated 62 years of marriage in 2017.

Bill’s job took them to various parts of the United States, including Wisconsin, Arizona, Nebraska and South Dakota. He was a meat cutter for over 50 years. In 2014, the couple moved back to St. Paul. They were members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Paul.

He was a fan of the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed opera music, especially Mario Lanza. It wasn’t unusual to hear him whistling his favorite songs. He was proud to be Irish. His life was rich with love of family, his dogs, and he loved animals of all sorts.

Marion passed away June 4, 2018. Bill was never quite the same after losing the “love of his life!”

Those left to cherish his memory include his children: daughter, Connie (Barnett) Shields and son-in-law, Tom of Kearney; son, Bill Barnett Jr. and daughter-in-law, Yolanda of Grand Island; daughter, Suzy (Barnett) Grubb of St. Paul; son, Tom Barnett and daughter-in-law, Lorna of Doniphan; and daughter, Carrie (Barnett) Osing and son-in-law, Jon of Villa Park, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Marion; parents, Roland and Dorothy; granddaughter, Amy Shields; great-grandson, Nolen Hill; son-in-law, Jim Grubb; two brothers, Rick and Bobby; and one sister, Lou.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later.

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