Art Barnard, 92, of rural Wayne City, died 4:37 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at the Wayfair Nursing Center in Fairfield.
He was known as an independent businessman, cattle buyer, trucker and founder of the livestock auction market in Wayne City. He was a member of Wayne City Baptist Church.
Art was born Oct. 29, 1921, in the Crisp Community, approximately eight miles north of Wayne City, to Arthur and Mae (Tolbert) Barnard. He was a graduate of SIU-Carbondale and a World War II Army combat veteran, serving with the 100th Infantry Division at the Battle of the Bulge. He was united in marriage on Oct. 16, 1949, in Carbondale, to Harriett Gertrude Barkley.
He is survived by two sons, Barkley Barnard and wife Denise of Fairfield and Mark Barnard of Wayne City; three granddaughters, Kassie (Mark) Towle of Quartz Hill, Calif., Jessica (William) Peabody of Tucson, Ariz. and Marlissa (Tyler) Boyles of Olney; eight great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Doris Arnold; nephew, Leon (Dixie) Barnard; three nieces, Joyce Hawthorne, Kay Meritt and Sandy (Allen) Simpson; beloved friend and companion, June Staley of Carbondale; and dedicated caregiver, Tess Bailey.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriett; parents; brothers, Estel and Lavern Barnard; and sister, Florence Bullard.
Services for Arthur Barnard, Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wayne City Baptist Church at Meadow and Walnut Streets in Wayne City with the Rev. John Little officiating. Burial will be at the Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wayne City Baptist Church in Wayne City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the DAV Chapter 80 - Disabled American Veterans, Thomason Cemetery or the Wayne City Baptist Church. Memorial envelopes will be available at the church or from Nale’s Funeral Home, 106 E. Center St., Fairfield, IL 62837, 842-3788.