Bob was born September 15, 1932 in Rockbridge, Illinois. He was the second child of eight of the late Robert and Ida Mae Barnett.
Bob enlisted in the Marines out of high school and served his country during the Korean War. He went on to work for Chicago Bridge and Iron and then eventually worked out of Local 363 in Belleville, Illinois as a Boilermaker before starting his own company.
Bob married Catherine Louise Franklin on September 6, 1958. They had two children and settled in Cottage Hills, Illinois where they lived for many years before moving to Utah in 1994.
Bob was a smart, caring and selfless soul. He was kind and generous above all else. He was a hard-working man his entire life. He enjoyed fixing or repairing anything in need and he also loved to work in his yard. He loved a good book and he loved to sit out on his deck and watch the wildlife in his backyard. What he cherished most was his family. He was a wonderful example of what a devoted loving husband and man should be. He loved his children and cherished his grandchildren. He never missed an activity or event that involved his grandchildren. He stayed active in their lives until his passing. Bob was loved and admired by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by both parents and brothers Danny, Jimmy, Harold, Don, and Wayne. He has one surviving sister, Helen of Texas, and one surviving brother, Bill of Ohio.
He is survived by his wife Cathy Barnett of Ogden and two children, Randall Barnett and Rhonda Anderson, both of Salt Lake City. He has six surviving grandchildren, Joseph Parise, Robert Parise, Jack Barnett, Mark Barnett, Max Barnett and Alex Barnett. They all modeled their lives based on his example.
Although this extraordinary husband, father and grandfather is no longer with us on earth, he will live on in our hearts forever. He was larger than life. He walked the walk and lived his life as an example to everyone around him.
There will be a Celebration of Life for family and friends on September 10, 2022.