Roger James Barnes

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Roger James Barnes died peacefully on Aug. 25, 2018 in Alton, Illinois at the age of 74 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Roger is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Alison Emily (Barnes) Williams and Richard of Morganton, North Carolina; and his granddaughter, Emily Lizabeth Williams of Morganton, North Carolina. He also is survived by longtime friends and foster “sons” Thomas W. Onion of Crow Agency and Roland Brown of Crow Agency.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Richard Kenyon and Dorenda Maud (Kenyon) Barnes of Billings. He also was preceded in death by his sister Jennifer Ann Barnes of Alton, Illinois.

Roger was born on Aug. 19, 1944 in Stockport, England. The family moved to the United States when he was a young boy; they then lived in New Jersey, Illinois and Montana. He graduated from Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota.

After moving to Montana, he earned a counseling degree and teaching licensure from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University-Billings). He worked for 30 years at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana where he was the director of dormitories and was a “father” to many St. Labre students who lived in the dorms.

A graveside service was held Sept. 1, 2018 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, Illinois. Father Dennis Druggan, longtime friend from St. Labre Indian School, officiated the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to St. Labre Indian School at 1000 Tongue River Rd. / Ashland, MT 59003.

Alexander and Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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