Loren Alfred Barnes

August 3, 1938 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Loren Barnes Obituary

Loren Alfred Barnes, 85, of Chatfield, MN, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2024 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Loren was born August 3, 1938 in Spring Valley to Donald and Doris (King) Barnes.  He graduated from Chatfield High School in 1956.  On September 9, 1967, he married Ella May Parsons in Winslow, AZ.

Loren lived on the family farm in Chatfield since he was 5 years old, sharing in the responsibility of the farm management with his father, Don, and eventually taking it on for his growing family.  He served on the Chatfield School Board for 12 years, serving as Board Chairman for 4 of those years.  He also took part in numerous other community organizations over the years. Loren is well known in the community for his unmatched generosity, lively stories and humbling personality.

Loren is survived by his 3 daughters, Lorri (Rick) Lowrey of Clear Lake, MN, Leslie Edwards (Roger Struckhoff) of Marthasville, MO, Amy (Ted) Wienstroer of Cedar Hill, MO; 6 grandchildren, Jason, Maggie and Aaron Lowrey, Cassidy Edwards, Anthony and Katherine Wienstroer; 2 sisters, Lucy (Blaine) Diesslin of Ely, MN and Marlys Meyer of Monticello, MN.  He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Ella Barnes, parents, Don and Doris Barnes of Chatfield, MN, In-laws Herb and Betty Parsons of Winslow, AZ, his sister Ruth Barnes, of Fridley, MN; his 2 brothers-in-law, Richard (Dick) Rabell of Alpine, CA and Jerry Kincaid of Winslow, AZ.

Memorial Service for Loren will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, Rochester MN. Visitation will be 4 – 6 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2024, at the Church, and will continue Saturday morning from 10 – 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery, following the service.

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January 5, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
2810 40th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Memorial Service
January 6, 2024

11:00 AM
Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church
2810 40th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904


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