Robert Daniell Barnes Sr.

November 13, 2012

By Contributor

May 27, 1941 — Oct. 24, 2012

Robert Barnes Sr.

Bob was born in Atlanta, Ga., on May 27, 1941. He was the first of six children born to Walter and Katherine Barnes. As a young man, Bob enjoyed playing football, tinkering with automobiles and spending time with his grandfather Arthur, the last blacksmith in the state of Georgia.

Bob attended Georgia Tech and was recruited by the Lockheed Corp. in 1961, beginning his career in aeronautical engineering. In 1965, he met the love of his life, Frances Shattuck, on a train from Atlanta and Washington, D.C. They always laughed about who made the first move.

On Feb. 11, 1966, they married and had two sons, Robert and Shattuck. In 1972, Bob and Fran moved their young family to France for a job with Generale De Mecanique Aeronautique (a division of Dassault Aviation). Bob truly embraced the culture, becoming fluent in French and taking his family on weekend trips to Switzerland and Austria in their Citroen, a French family-style automobile.

Upon returning from Europe in 1974, Bob took a role with McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis before settling his family in Seattle in 1977. Bob continued his career for The Boeing Co. until 2005, when he retired as vice president and program manager for the F-22, having done extensive work for both the Commercial and Military Airplanes divisions. He was well regarded as a leader, friend, mentor and loyal colleague.

In retirement, Bob and Fran enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends at their home at “the Hood” Canal. Bob also volunteered as a mentor at Aviation High School.

Bob is remembered as a true southern gentleman and excellent host with a gentle, humble heart. He loved to read and had a true patriot’s passion for American history, which he used to his advantage in family trivia games. He was quick-witted and poignant. Behind a dry sense of humor was a well-read intelligence and strong work ethic.

Bluegrass music held a special place in Bob’s heart, and in his younger years he played the banjo (kind of). He enjoyed summer afternoons at Hood Canal, crabbing and admiring the sunset with family and friends. He especially loved being with his young granddaughters, taking every opportunity to share a special moment and a giggle.

He is survived by his wife Frances, of Sammamish; son Robert, of Seattle; son Shattuck (Cindy), of Rocklin, Calif.; and three granddaughters, Clara, Gwyn and Viola. He is also survived by his five siblings, Kaye (Mike) Drummond, of Macon, Ga., Janet (John) Sartelle, of Memphis, Tenn., Kenneth (Phyllis) Barnes, of Manteo, N.C., Linda (Leon) Longe, of North Augusta, S.C., and Beverly (Jimmy) Harris, of Douglassville, Ga.; as well as many nieces, nephews and good friends.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Museum of Flight (Skyline Room) in Seattle.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to The Arthritis Foundation in Seattle or The Salvation Army.

You are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

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