Joseph D. Barnett 1987 ~ 2020

Joseph Daniel Barnett was born March 27, 1987 in Wichita, Kansas.  From the age of 5 he loved playing football and wrestling.  He graduated Salutatorian from Haysville High School with the Class of 2005.  
    On August 28, 2010, Joe was united in marriage with Michelle Witters.  They made their home in Wichita, Kansas.  On October 17, 2012 they were blessed with their first son, Joseph Jaxon.  On March 17, 2015 they welcomed home twins: Brody Lee and Brady Zane.  
    Joe worked at Mill Creek Carpet and Tile, mainly in the shipping and receiving department, until switching positions to apparel coordinator for Midwest Single Source, where his position was eliminated due to COVID.
    Joe loved his boys and enjoyed spending his time with them.  Together they would play with their long race track and bucket of hot wheels.  They would build endless Lego's with all the boys "helping."  Video games were also a favorite, and Joe was already teaching Jax how to play poker amongst many other games. In 2019, Joe, Michelle, and the boys took a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge.  This was by far their favorite family adventure and he and Michelle enjoyed watching their boys still sleep with their build a bears from the trip.  
    Joe loved all things Star Wars and comic books.  He was very passionate about equal rights for all and supported the oppressed.  Due to his own personal battle, he was active in trying to end the abusive troubled teen industry.  He believed strongly in science and enjoyed learning from our history.  He was very intelligent and loved to debate with other bright minds. One of Michelle's favorite qualities of Joe was that he could be brutally honest.  She never had to guess what was on his mind and he did not ever sugar coat the truth.  Joe cared deeply for his family and close friends.  
    On July 26, 2020, Joe succumbed to the illness he had battled for many years.  His family will remember and cherish all the good times they shared with him and would like everyone to remember that: Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Victor and Carol Wiesner and Frank and Ruth Barnett.  
    He will be forever missed by his wife, Michelle Barnett; sons:  Jaxon, Brody, and Brady; parents: John and Elizabeth Barnett; siblings:  Jonathan (Samantha) Barnett and Ruth (Chris) Clark; in-laws, Sandy and Betty Witters, Craig Witters, and Jacob Witters (Jazmin Martinez); and a host of other relatives and many dear friends.  
    Memorial service and tree planting ceremony will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the lot north of 423 N. Pennsylvania in Anthony, Kansas.  We will be planting an oak tree to represent how we remember Joe - BIG and STRONG.  The family asks that you change it up a little and wear one of Joe's favorites, whether it be Star Wars, any change movement or be a decent human, Marvel, super heroes, BLM, Pride, bipolar/mental health/suicide awareness, or science based shirts.  Seating will be limited so please bring a chair if you are able and try to practice social distancing.
    Memorials in memory of Joe may be made to the Joe Barnett Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
    Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003.  www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com

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