He was born Oct. 1, 1925, in Brazil, the son of Bert and Jesse (Deal) Wells. He attended Brazil High School. Barney served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. He served on the USS LST 292, and was a part of the Normandy Invasion. In 1948 he married Dorothy Jean McMichael who survives him.
Barney was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, a lifetime member of VFW Post 972, American Legion Post No. 2, Silver Sneakers and he was a former member of the Swinging Mates Square Dance group. He enjoyed camping, traveling, playing cards, spending time with family and friends and was quite a talented carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bert and Jesse Wells, brother Alfred Wells, sister Francis Mager and a granddaughter Alicia Davis.
Barney is survived by his wife of 62 years Dorothy Wells, a son Ron (Karen) Wells, Brazil, a daughter Carol Wells, Brazil, 7 grandchildren Jamie (Aaron) Overton, Brazil, Becky (Jerry) Siddons, Brazil, Connie (Kenny) Reedy, Brazil, Robin (Shawn) Richmond, Robinson, Ill., Jonathan Andreas, Brazil, Shawn Overton, Terre Haute and Larry Davis, Danville, Ind., 14 great-grandchildren, a niece Peg Brackney as well as several extended family members.
Services will be at French Funeral Home, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Franklin Haines officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday from 11 a.m., until time of services. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.