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Published On: Apr 26 2013 05:45:01 AM CDT

COLUMBUS/FITCHBURG—Kermit W. Barnhart age 88, formerly of Columbus, died on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Hyland Park, Fitchburg.

He was born on June 4, 1924 to Emmett and Ruth (Fairbrother) Barnhart on the family farm in Township of Henrietta, WI. Kermit was a 1942 graduate of the Richland Center High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Core in WWII during the Western Pacific campaign. Kermit was married to Margaret E. Beavin on August 28, 1948 in Richland Center. He graduated from the UW-Madison in 1949 with a BS in Agronomy, then worked for the Farmer’s Home Administration (FHA) for the US Department of Agriculture until 1966. Kermit was assistant vice president of loans at the Stephenson National Bank in Marinette from 1966 until 1972. He returned to the USDA in 1972, first as county supervisor, then as assistant district director, until his retirement in 1984. Kermit was an active member of his church where he sang in the choir and served on several financial committees over the years. He was community-minded and joined Kiwanis and Lions service clubs throughout his life. He loved to garden and enjoyed golfing, fishing, artwork and scroll wood-working. Kermit was an avid reader and lifetime Badger, Packer and Brewer fan. One of his favorite memories was his Canadian fishing trip with his sons and son-in-law.

Survivors include one daughter, Edee (Mike) Woerdehoff of Oregon, WI; two sons, Kirk of Kaukauna, WI and Kent (Karen) of Cartersville, GA; two granddaughters, Erin (Dave) Harley and Meghan (David) Gansauge; three grandsons, Kyle, Kristopher and Kevin Barnhart; four great grandchildren, Allycen, Olivia and William Harley and Kaitlyn Gansauge; one sister, Karen (Dennis) Milton; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret in January 2013; infant brother, Kenneth; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Paul Beavin; brother and sister-in-law, Karl and Joette Barnhart.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M., on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the COLUMBUS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Columbus. Pastor Jim Cotter will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Richland Center Cemetery with full military honors.

The family is deeply grateful to Dr. C. Elizabeth Perry and staff of UW Health Clinics, the Agrace HospiceCare Team and the Hyland Park Assisted Living staff for their compassionate support and dedicated care in keeping Kermit comfortable at home until he could be with his beloved Margaret again.

Memorials may be directed to the Columbus United Methodist Church or Agrace HospiceCare Inc.

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