George W. “Barney” (“Joker” to his family) Barnhouse, 78, of Anaheim, California, passed away in his home on May 19, 2021, after a courageous battle with COPD and congestive heart failure.

Born on February 22, 1943, at home in Furnace Mountain, Virginia, he was the son of the late Lester W. Barnhouse and Mamie May (Umbaugh) Barnhouse.

George attended Loudoun County High School. He owned B & C Industries, Inc., a family-owned and operated tube-bending business.

He is survived by his daughter, Timi Barnhouse Bass (Brian); grandson, Tyler J. Bass; granddaughter, Erinne M. Bass (Anthony Ramos); and one great-grandson, Dakota B. Ramos. He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Caren Tacy Barnhouse. He is also survived by his partner for 26 years, Ellen Slifer of Point of Rocks, Maryland.

He is survived by two sisters, Leola Barnhouse Kinman of Salem, Oregon, and Dianne Barnhouse Peterson of Dana Point, California. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his two brothers, David W. Barnhouse and Lester O. Barnhouse; and one sister, Lilly L. Earl.

George enjoyed watching Nascar racing, listening to Fox News and listening to country music. Recently he very much enjoyed reconnecting with many of his friends and companions from childhood, especially Sonja Green Frye. Most importantly, his real life’s passion was his fierce devotion and unconditional love for his family.

He was proud of his service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 to 1964 and proudly displayed the Marine Corps flag under the Unites States flag in front of his home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in George’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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