Obituaries Obituary for Reba Barnett

Obituary for Reba Barnett





Reba Jean Barnett

June 16, 1923 – Nov. 13, 2019

EMPORIA — Reba Jean Barnett, Reading, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Emporia Place. She was 96.

She was born June 16, 1923, at Lebo, the daughter of Robert Althouse and Gladys Antrim Spatz. Reba was raised in the Lebo community and graduated from Lebo High School with the class of 1941. She furthered her education at Strickler’s Business College, Topeka.

She worked for the Kansas League of Municipalities, initially on the KU Campus in Lawrence before transferring to the Topeka office. At the League, she developed her love for basketball while employed as secretary to Attorney Albert B. Martin. His son played basketball for Topeka High School and she attended every game, betting nickels with her boss. Her love for basketball extended to ESU and KU, where she remained a devoted fan throughout her life.

Jean married the love of her life, Edwin W. Barnett, Dec. 14, 1947, at Emporia. Together, they became lifelong members of the Reading community, farming south of town until Edwin’s death on May 17, 2005.

When she was four years old, she lost her mother in a car and train accident. She was provided care by her loving father, family and friends including the late Bertha Conley and Clifford and Alleen Bell of Chase County.

Jean was a lifelong member of the Reading United Methodist Church.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joe C. Barnett on April 3, 1988; and two brothers, Harold “Skinny” Spatz of the “Doolittle Raid of WWII” in 1942 and Robert J. “Bob” Spatz in 2013.

She will live on in the hearts and memories of a son, Dr. Jim Barnett and wife, Rosie Hansen, Topeka; two grandchildren, Blake Edward Barnett and Chelsea Christine Barnett, both of Chicago, Ill.; numerous extended family; and a host of dear friends.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Reading United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Reading Cemetery, beside her beloved husband, Edwin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reading United Methodist Church or Barnett Family Scholarship at Emporia State University and sent in care of Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, P.O. Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856.

Condolences may be expressed at

Latest news

March 4 – Online Edition

Read about how, at the regular city council meeting Monday, citizens gathered to hear $970,000 was the total cost...

Evelyn Ann Freund Webster

Evelyn Ann Freund Webster Dec. 1, 1945-Feb. 16, 2021 CARBONDALE - Evelyn Ann Freund Webster, Carbondale, went to be...

James E. Lederer

James E. Lederer Sept. 5, 1947-Feb. 22, 2021 WAKARUSA - James E. Lederer, 73, Wakarusa, passed away at his...

Marilyn Renee Giesy

Marilyn Renee Giesy July 1, 1939-Feb. 25, 2021 OSAGE CITY - Marilyn Renee Giesy, 81, Osage City, passed away Thursday,...

Howard Donald “Don” Franks III

Howard Donald “Don” Franks III June 5, 1954-Feb. 4, 2021 OSAGE CITY – Howard Donald “Don” Franks III, 66, of...

Karl Eric Brewer

Karl Eric Brewer Nov. 4, 1952-Feb. 27, 2021 OSAGE CITY - Karl Eric Brewer, 68, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27,...
- Advertisement -

Must read

Osage County Spelling Bee

Osage County’s top two spellers are Kynlee Ard, first...

Linton elected to KCBS board

Linton elected to KCBS board Osage City resident Corey Linton...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you