Edward Eugene ‘Ed’ Barnhart

Edward Eugene “Ed” Barnhart, 85, of Livingston, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Livingston HealthCare. 

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, at the Franzen-Davis Chapel with Pastor Lynn Balegaman and Rev. Daniel Abrams officiating. Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery with veteran’s honors accorded by Park Post American Legion #23 and Active Duty Navy Honor’s Team. 

Following the graveside service, a fellowship luncheon will be held at First Baptist Church, 202 E. Lewis St. A viewing will be held at Franzen-Davis from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, and one hour prior to the service Monday. Memorials are preferred to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Ed was born on Feb. 20, 1929, in Livingston, the son of William and Marguerite (Davis) Barnhart. He received his education here in Livingston and was a graduate of the Park County High School class of 1947. 

While attending school, Ed wanted to start work with the railroad. At age 14 Ed went down and asked for a job. He was told that he needed to be 16 — of course he answered, “Well, I am.’’ So Ed started with Northern Pacific and continued until he graduated.

His older brothers, Bill and Bob, were both in the Navy and Ed wanted to follow in their footsteps. He went to Butte to the recruitment office and was turned away because he was considered a bit overweight. He came home and got to slimming down; a cup of coffee for breakfast, one for lunch, a lean steak for supper, then off to the fairgrounds for a workout. After a few months, he was back to Butte and registering for basic training. He was so proud to follow his brother’s footsteps.

Ed entered active military service in the United States Navy on Dec. 9, 1948. He attended basic training in Chicago. Edna remembers him saying how freezing cold it was there. 

He first served his country during the Korean War. Some of the boats he was stationed on were the U.S.S. Spokane, the U.S.S. Henrico, the U.S.S Bremerton and the U.S.S. Bayfield. Ed served four years and was discharged on Dec. 12, 1952. 

He moved home to Livingston and began working with the railroad again. On June 20, 1953, Ed was united in marriage to Edna Indendi, at the First Methodist Church in Livingston. Ed and Edna lived in Livingston for a short time before Ed was laid off from the railroad. He then took a job as a boilermaker in Anaconda, working there until 1960. He then decided to re-up with the Navy. He went back on tour, living four years in Scotland with Edna and then being stationed in Vietnam. 

While in Vietnam, Ed was the captain of his own boat, PT Boat #21; he was a great Captain, as Edna was told by many of the sailors who served under him. He received a distinguished honorable discharge on March 1, 1978, as a lieutenant.

Once Ed and Edna returned home, Ed, being a man not to sit around too long, went back to work with the railroad staying on until about 1985.

Ed and Edna enjoyed traveling together, and once he retired they bought motorhomes and toured the country. They touched every inch in North America except for Maine. During Ed’s enlistment, he and Edna traveled the world from Ireland to Italy and even drove the entire span of Central America.

Ed was a feisty guy who was not timid to let you know what needed to be done and how to do it. He was hardworking, and a man with a plan.

He was immensely proud of his Scottish heritage. Ed was softhearted, too. Anytime Edna would say, “Oh, I really liked that,” Ed would reply, “Then why didn’t you get it for yourself?”

For enjoyment, Ed was a car guy who liked doing his work, oil changes and spark plugs and such. In his younger days he did quite a lot of hunting and fishing. Of all the places that he and Edna visited, they came home to Livingston because this was the best place.

Blessed be the memory of a great American seaman.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Edna Barnhart, of Livingston; brothers Bob Barnhart and his wife, Libby, of Laurel, and Marvin Barnhart and his wife, Donna, of Kansas; brothers-in-law Linsey Strickland and his wife, Deb, of Hamilton, and Lee Strickland and his wife, Sharon, of Corbett, Oregon; many very dear nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, William and Marguerite Barnhart; sister Jean Helevik; brothers Bill, Jim and Dick Barnhart; and a sister-in-law Esther Grady.

Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be shared at www.franzen-davis.com.