Lawrence Ellsworth Barnhouse
February 28, 1941  -  January 6, 2018

Lawrence Ellsworth Barnhouse

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Elmwood Funeral Home
5750 Hwy 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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Elmcrest Baptist Church
517 North Pioneer Drive
Abilene, TX  79606
Thursday, January 11, 2018
2:00 PM
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Elmwood Memorial Park
5750 Hwy 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
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I served in the Air Force.

Lawrence E. Barnhouse passed away peacefully after a brief illness on January 6, 2018 in the presence of his loving family.

Larry was born on February 28, 1941 to Leonard and Myrtle Barnhouse in Darlington Township, PA. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on completion of his high school studies. Larry’s first four years in the Air Force were spent at Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX. He was assigned to the Civil Engineering Squadron as a Corrosion Control Specialist, or more simply, as a painter. He remained in the field until the final two years of a 20-year enlistment, at which time he became a training specialist. After serving at Dyess, Larry was stationed at bases in Roswell, New Mexico, Minot, North Dakota, Taiwan (during Vietnam), Wichita Falls, Texas, and Del Rio, Texas. He retired from the Air Force in 1981, having attained the rank of Master Sergeant, and serving in various leadership roles during the years.

During his early years in Abilene, Larry met the love of his life. He and Jo Ellen were married for almost 54 years. Together, they raised and loved four children. The family lived in Del Rio for a number of years after Larry’s military retirement. He became manager of the Sherwin Williams paint store, a job he held for 13 years. Afterward, he operated his own painting business for several years. In 2002, Larry and Jo Ellen returned to Abilene, where they have resided since that time.

Larry cultivated many interests during his lifetime. He became a bowler during his service in Taiwan, and continued to be an active bowler throughout his life, participating as a member of a Tuesday evening league until the time of his passing. Not much could dissuade Larry from making it to bowling every week. Additionally, Larry loved to hunt deer. He established a deer camp, and enjoyed the time spent in his custom-made deer blinds with his son. Pretty nice hideout for father and son! Larry also became a skilled woodworker, having built several backyard structures and an assortment of small projects for grandchildren. He could always be counted on to show up to the annual church Missions Fundraiser event with some clever handmade items.

Larry’s volunteer interests displayed his heart for serving others. In Del Rio, Larry worked as a volunteer with the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, serving as President of the chapter for a time. In Abilene, Larry was actively involved in his church, and was always available to tackle a project if needed. He was ordained as a deacon, looking after the widowed ladies and faithfully serving the people of his church.

Undoubtedly, Larry’s greatest achievements in his life involved his role as a brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Known as ‘Pops’ to his family, he dearly loved, and was loved by his family and friends.

Larry is survived by his wife, Jo Ellen Barnhouse; his four children, Annette Baldwin and husband Wesley, Brenda Crump and husband Bill, John Barnhouse and wife Jennifer, Mary Gonzalez and husband Angel; grandchildren, Julia Barnhouse and husband Ben Gabrielsen, Jeffrey Baldwin and wife Janessa, Michelle Barnhouse, David Baldwin and wife Hailee, Blake Barnhouse, Alyssa Gonzalez, Joshua Crump, Aiden Gonzalez, and Elizabeth Crump; great granddaughter, Isabella Barnhouse; sister, Emma Hazelwood and husband Ed; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Myrtle Barnhouse; grandson, Jonathan Baldwin; eight brothers and one sister.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South Abilene, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Elmcrest Baptist Church, 517 N. Pioneer Dr. Abilene, Texas. Interment will follow the service in Elmwood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a local Boys and Girls Club.

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  1. Sylvia Sanchez Holguin
    San Antonio, TX

    Dear Barnhouse family,
    I am very sorry for your loss as your dad was much like a second father to me. I can not even tell you the countless memories I have of my many hours at your home and the many experiences I had as a part of your family. I will forever be grateful to your dad and mom for the encouragement and guidance. My prayers are with you always,
    Love Sylvia.

  2. Sebby & Windy Formica
    Cibolo, TX

    John & Jennifer,
    We are thinking of you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers are with you all. We love you guys.

  3. Del Rio, TX

    Mrs. Barnhouse & family. Our most sincere condolence. Larry was a good man who was always willing to help his fellowman. I enjoyed his company when he managed Sherwin Williams paint store in Del Rio. .

  4. Judy Smith
    Del Rio, TX

    Dear JoEllen,

    We worked together at Val Verde Hospital (Del Rio) back in the 70's.
    My prayers are with you and your family.
    May your loving husband enjoy his heavenly reward in the arms of his Lord.

    God be with each of you .

    Judy Smith

  5. Joshua and Jillian Williams
    Schertz, TX

    John our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I only met Pops a few times, but he was an amazing man!!!

  6. Sydney Rieff
    Amarillo, TX

    Dear ones please know how sorry I am for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Much Love, Syd

  7. Jerry and Virginia Weems
    Abilene, TX

    With Larry moving to his eternal Home, he has left a void in his earthly home. He was one of the kindest and loving friends a person ever met. I always considered him a true friend that was always the first to volunteer for the most challenging jobs as long as someone else could benefit from his actions and never wanted praise for helping someone.
    JoEllen and family, my heart goes out for you all. I know Larry is in Heaven and he is so busy getting everything just perfect for all his family.
    We all loved that guy and prayers will continue to envelope you all.
    Lovingly, Jerry and Virginia Weems.

  8. Chris MacAllister & Ann Miller
    Schertz TX,

    John , our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  9. Angel Gonzalez
    Colleyville, TX

    Will always fondly remember helping you on many projects, painting, tile, texture, framing - whether at your house or mine - and going for a Smoothie King afterwards. Could always count on you for anything we needed, and you would drive to our house without a second thought. Would always ask you for your expertise for any work on the house we were thinking about. Should always remember what you taught me.
    Will always miss you.
    Rest in peace.
    Love, Angel.

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