John James Barnes

John James Barnes

December 21, 1930 - July 14, 2015

John James Barnes

December 21, 1930 - July 14, 2015



Jack was born on December 21, 1930 in Mt. Carmel, PA. He is the son of John and Mary (Sebes) Barnes. Jack spent much of his childhood in Bridgeport CT. He died on July 14. His home was in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Jack joined the Navy on December 26, 1947 and served as a Navy Corpsman. He retired after 20 years of service in 1969.

He walked into and out of the Chosin Reservior (Nov-Dec 1950) with the 3rd Bn 7th Marines 81 mm mortars. His last years in the Navy were in the submarine service. He is a member of the Chosin Few and Disabled American Veterans. He had received many awards and medals including Purple Heart and Chosin Reservoir 1950 Combat Action Ribbon.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, sister Betty (Dick), Irene (Paul), nephews Gregory and Ernie Jr.

He is survived by his wife Arlita Johnson Barnes; daughters Michele and Jacqueline (William); grandson Bradford; sisters Louise Rock and Shirley Kershaw; and several nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held on Monday 4-6 pm on July 20 at O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10 am July 21 at Corpus Christ Christian Community Church, 27231 Aliso Viejo Pkwy, Aliso Viejo.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or Saddleback Hospital Hospice.

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  2. You are the greatest father a family could ever have. Your smile at just being a father to Michele, Jackie and an adoring husband to your beloved Arilita truly reflects what an Angel your are. I have had the privilege to have met you. You and your family have embraced me as part of the Barnes family. I will forever cherish. Now you have gone to a better place. We shall pray to be in heaven with you along with all the Angels above. All our love. Rehana Baluch and family

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  4. Uncle Jack and Aunt Arlita invited me to stay with them many summer vacations and they were always so kind and loving. I will always remember Uncle Jack’s smile, laugh and honesty. My only regret is I didn’t get to CA in time for one more visit. Love and sympathy to aunt Arlita, Michele and Jacqueline. Xoxo

  5. Condolences to the entire Barnes family.

    Shirley always thought of her big brother as a hero. Serving at Chosin Reservoir, then on a sub, then Danbury Priison during that fire, and working Con-Air. He must have seen it all, but was modestly quiet such things.

    I thought of him as a Hero too.

    Sincerely, Roger Kershaw

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