Gary A. ‘Barny’ Barnitz

Gary A. “Barny” Barnitz, 72, of Belpre, passed away March 19, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital, after an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 20, 1942, in Gallipolis, Ohio, to Elva Dean Barnitz and the late Hayman Barnitz.

He graduated from Pomeroy High School and attended Kent State University. He worked at Shell Chemical in Belpre for 35 years in the utilities department and retired in 1997. He enjoyed coin and currency collecting, and was a member of the Parkersburg Coin Club. Gary also loved to travel and sports. For many years he bowled and played golf.

He is survived by his mother; his wife of 35 years, Beverly Barnitz; four daughters, Carol (Paul) Baker, Mary (Steve) Dickson, Ellen (Joel Lynch) Smith and Ann (Steve) Snell; two stepchildren, Bryan Specht and Debi Mongan; 10 grandchildren including, Katie Dickson and Danielle Smith; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Keith (Francis) Barnitz of Kingston, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews, and aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William O. and Ruth Barnitz and Dean and Eunie Brinker.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with the Rev. L. Norman Butler officiating. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services Wednesday.

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