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Jacob "Keith"

  • Visitation: To be held on Saturday, January 29th, 2022 from 11:30-1pm at Raymond Christian Fellowship (8638 County Rd K Franksville, WI.).

  • Service: To be held on Saturday, January 29th, 2022 at 1pm at Raymond Christian Fellowship (8638 County Rd K Franksville, WI.).


Excited to thank his Savior face to face, Sgt. Jacob “Keith” Barnes took flight on Sunday January 16, 2022 at the kind invitation of his Heavenly Father to come home. Although he’d never admit it, he was a remarkable musician, mechanic, artist, husband, dad, and grandpa who lived a life of humble, arduous service to God, his country, and his family. 

Keith was born in Milwaukee, WI on March 29, 1929. After graduating from Cudahy High School where he played football and ran track, Keith attended Iowa State University where he played in the marching band and majored in Aeronautical Engineering and Agronomy. Throughout his life, Keith enjoyed camping, hobby farming, gospel music, the Green Bay Packers, candy, and big bowls of ice cream.

Keith joined the U.S. Army in 1951 and served during the Korean War as a jeep and tank mechanic. Upon returning stateside in 1954, he worked as a Timekeeper at Nordberg Mfg., retiring after 42 years. He met his wife of 56 years, Barbara (née Stevens), in a VFW band where he played trumpet; and she, the clarinet. Together in the town of Raymond, they raised 6 children – Cheryl (Casey) Conner, Charles (Michelle), Charlene (Ron) Hack, Christine (Bill) Dixon, Carolyn (Dave) Van Sloten, and Craig – and were blessed with 20 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, whom Keith loved dearly and prayed for faithfully.

Visitation will commence on Saturday, January 29 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at RAYMOND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 8638 County Rd K Franksville,  WI – followed immediately by a Funeral Service/Homegoing Celebration at 1:00 p.m. A private burial service will be held for the family at Arlington Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Keith’s memory to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250 or online at or The King’s Engineering Fellowship 1410 Arizona Pl SW, Orange City, IA 51041. Please look under the History tab on


  1. Joan Timmons January 21, 2022 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Prayers & love to all✨🙏🏻✨ God bless

  2. William Stevens January 22, 2022 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I am so sorry for all of your loss.
    I find it amazing that after 56 years on this earth I never knew that Uncle Keith’s first name was Jacob. I still have really great memories of playing on the red tractor in front of the barn.

  3. Barbara (Erickson) Kaczmarek & Warren Kaczmarek January 22, 2022 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I remember the day I was introduced to Keith by Barbara. She and I knew each other from our Sunday School days. Her eyes lit up when she made the introduction. In subsequent years, I had the privilege of visiting them often in their home in Raymond and continued to see the love they had for each other and their children. I felt that Keith was a strong and considerate man and though he usually didn’t say much during conversations, I knew he was listening because all of a sudden he would add a comment to the topic being discussed. He was always there for his wife and children and together they raised their children to honor the Lord in their every day lives. . I always felt that Barbara married a wonderful and caring man.

    Rest in peace, Keith and know that your whole family will miss you and that they know how much you loved and cared for them. They showed you great love and respect during your “senior” years and I know you were greatly blessed to have them.

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