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TULSA – Dr. Joseph (Joe) Dwight Barnard was born July 24, 1938, at Westville. He went to be with the Lord March 15, 2015, after a lingering illness. Joe attended a two-room rural schoolhouse for his elementary education, graduating from Westville High in 1956. He then went on to Northeastern State College, graduating in 1960. Following that, he taught in public school in Aurora, Mo., until he enlisted in the U.S. Army. There he learned Spanish and Russian. He attended graduate school at Purdue University, completing his masters in Latin America history. He received his doctorate in psychology in Latin American and Russian history from Kansas University. While there he met Virginia (Jenni) Marshall and they were married Aug. 1, 1970. He taught at Friends University, Wichita, Kansas, for 18 years, then Northeastern State University and Boudinot Christian School in Tahlequah until he and Jenni moved to Rosenberg, Texas, where he taught at Living Word Christian School. While there, he did some translation work and worked for Barnes & Noble Bookseller until his failing eyesight forced his retirement. Joe and Jenni retired to Tulsa where he worked as a greeter at Target and also taught ESL classes at the YMCA. Until recently he was a master class chess player and enjoyed playing with his friends. He was precede in death by his parents, Lewis and Gracie Barnard; one sister, Doris Cooley; and his father-in-law, Dr. John Marshall. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; her mother, Mary Ann Marshall; two sisters, Mildred (Charles) Caroll, and Laura (Kenneth) Koehn; five nieces; eight nephews; and their children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Asbury Methodist Church, 6767 S. Mingo Road, Tulsa, on Friday, March 27, at 1 p.m. A reception at the church will follow. Gifts in Joe’s memory can be made to Asbury Methodist Church Orchestra or TCC Community Orchestra Scholarship Fund.
Published on  March 24, 2015
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