Melvin (Gene) Barnett, 70, of Sunnyside passed away on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Sunnyside Community Hospital. He was born Sept. 26, 1940 in Toppenish to Melvin and Alice (Brayton) Barnett.

He received his education in Toppenish graduating with the Toppenish High School class of 1958.

On Dec. 1, 1979 he married Hellen Beard in Wapato.

Gene spent most of his time as a mechanic working for Ford Garage, International Harvester, Empire, Sun Ag., Othello, Case J.R.J., Sunnyside School District, U&I and Del Monte.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Hellen; one son, William (Melissa) Barnett; two daughters, Jenna Brandt and Crisann (Mickel) Robb; one step-daughter, Dawn (Mark) Meyer; two step-sons, Bill (Jackie) Frazier and Don (Suzette) Frazier; three brothers, Frank (Lena) Barnett, Mike (Becky) Barnett and Joe (Marsha) Barnett; four sisters, Joann (Herman) Liebrecht, Virginia Barnett, Grace (Don) Wagoner and Mary Jane (Rod) Thrysell; nine grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; and two foster step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons.

At Gene's request no funeral services will be held.

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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