Roland “Lindy” Barnes Sr., 84, who had served in both the Army and Marine Corps, died April 13, 2012, of a pulmonary embolism at Billings Health and Rehabilitation.
He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on Feb. 5, 1928, to John and Josephine Barnes. After attending Curtis High School, he served in the Marines and the Army, where his duty was to transport generals and colonels to their destinations in France and Germany.
After receiving an honorable discharge, he worked on the railroad as a chief engineer in Colorado. He retired from the railroad at age 35, which was then the mandatory retirement age.
He and his family relocated to Billings, where he worked in construction and then at Midland Packing for approximately eight years, where he was a union steward. After Midland closed, he worked at Billings Deaconess Hospital for three years before being accepted as cable inspector and retiring at the Toole Army Depot.
He married Dorothy on March 17, 1965.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Roland Jr., Thomas and Timothy; a daughter, Dorothy Jean Prophet; a brother, Jim Barnes; sisters, Ethel, Dorothy and Joan; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.
Visitation was April 17-18 and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. April 19 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 11 a.m. April 20 at St. Pius X Catholic Church with burial in Mountview Cemetery.