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Ralph Merle “Bud” Barnett Jr., 84, of Kittanning, died Friday, June 21, 2019 at ACMH Hospital. He was born April 16, 1935 in Kittanning to the late Ralph M. Barnett and Viola (Schrecengost) Barnett – Bowser. Retired from the U.S. Army with 20 years of service. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a combat medic in the Green Beret’s. Ralph was the recipient of 4 Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and Air Borne Wings. Ralph also worked for Schenley Distillery and the Armstrong School District. He formerly belonged to the Kittanning VFW and Kittanning Eagles. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to camp and Florida.
He is survived by his nine children; Ralph Barnett III; Michael (Patricia) Barnett; Harry Joseph Barnett; Joyce Barnett-Cunningham; Sherry (Eric) Wetzel; Jamie (Chaz) Scott; Roger Barnett; William (Kari) Barnett; and Marjorie (Scott) Soloski; 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Two brothers Howard “Butch” Barnett and Arthur Barnett, step sister Mary Lou Stewart-Foster.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, and a step sister Laura McElfresh.
Friends will be received on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Kennedy & Blodgett Funeral Home in Kittanning. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, June 24, 2019 in the funeral home with additional visitation from noon until the time of the service, with Rev. Mark Brady officiating. Interment will be in Pine Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.