R. Lee Barnes

R. Lee Barnes

September 27, 1963~May 11, 2022

R. Lee Barnes, 58, born September 27th, 1963 in St. Petersburg, Florida and passed away on May 11th, 2022 in Holiday, Florida. Son of Jean VanDerhoff and the late Richard Barnes. Left to cherish his memory are his Wife Patty Barnes, Son Daniel Barnes, Step-Son Kurtis McCoy, Mother and Step-Father Jean and Bill VanDerhoff, Sister and her Husband Sharon and Ken Katona, Brother in-Law and his Wife Ron and Kim McCoy and his Nieces, Nephews, Great Nephews, along with his Cousins and many close friends who were like family to him.

He was a joker with a generous heart of gold, never hesitant to help people out. He loved his job working in Telecommunications for 33 years. Whatever he set his mind to, he was determined to get done. He was soft spoken, but would always say whatever was on his mind. He was an avid sportsman (fishing, boating, riding, and more) and loved spending time with friends and family.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of R. Lee Barnes, please make payable to The Cops for Kids, Inc. at 555 E Harrison St, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 or the Humane Society of Tampa Bay at 3607 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33607.


Thomas B. Dobies 7 Springs Chapel

Celebration of Life

The Widow Fletcher's


Danny Sohn

May 14, 2022, 2:05 pm

A sad time for the Sohn family. Lee was a good friend for 40+ years and will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace old buddy.

Danny Sohn

Gail N Ruggie

May 14, 2022, 6:50 pm

So very sad to hear of Lee’s passing. Many prayers to his family.

Rick Williams

May 15, 2022, 12:33 pm

Lee had so many friends that he made sure to let each one feel like the o ly friend he had. That comes from having a huge heart. Marring Patty was a God send as they were a perfect match as she cared for him. Lee will be missed by many and remembered forever.

Ellen & Tim Jacobson

May 15, 2022, 10:26 pm

Patty & Family, so very sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by your memories. We are praying for you.

Tom Fox

May 15, 2022, 10:33 pm

Lee was a Great friend that would always be there when you needed him. I will, as many many others, will miss him. I will always remember him. I Love ya my brother. Thank you for everything. Thank you Patty for always being there for him. I know how much he Loved you.

Jeannine Miller Germann

May 16, 2022, 1:42 am

One of the nicest guys you could ever meet. I remember when he went with my husband and I to the Midwest one winter to teach school for Verizon. My husband loved having him on his team. Even after my husband retired Lee would always keep in touch. He is going to be dearly missed. Prayers for his wife and family. The his world has lost a kind and gentle soul.

Greg Germann

May 16, 2022, 1:55 am

Lee was one of a kind. Of all the people I’ve known and worked with Lee is at the top of the list. If you asked for help he would give you the shirt off of his back without hesitation. RIP. My sincere condolences for his family.

Vincent Theodosis

May 16, 2022, 11:13 am

Lee was my good friend to me and my family,he was as genuine of a person as they come. He was there for me during the toughest time of my life, God Bless him and his family, from me and family.

Ron Pechin

May 16, 2022, 3:52 pm

Condolences to the Barnes family and so many friends of Lee’s. He was truly a wonderful person on and off the job. I had the pleasure of working with Lee and enjoying his friendship with other friends from work at breakfast and lunches and will always have him and his family in my prayers. R.i.p.

Lori Myrick

May 17, 2022, 12:28 am

Patty and family, with heartfelt sympathy, I pray that God give you peace and comfort through this difficult time.

Ron Villandry

May 17, 2022, 12:45 am

very sorry for your loss Patty, Lee sure put up a good fight to be by you. may he rest peacefully.

Jean Redmon

May 17, 2022, 1:01 am

So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers for you and your family. 🙏

Keya Abraham

May 17, 2022, 1:18 am

Your family will be in my prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss. ❤️

Debra Garabrandt

May 17, 2022, 2:15 am

So sorry for your loss been thinking about you a lot we’ll see you again in the fall take care Debbie & John

Angela Brookes

May 17, 2022, 2:28 am

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a good man and father. I see him in his son Daniel when he smiles. That big bright smile. He was always kind to me and our family. Daniel will be passing memories and stories down to our children of him. Rest easy Lee.

Kaye Regh and Marie Hollenbeck

May 17, 2022, 4:58 pm

So sorry Patty. He was a very nice guy.
Lots of love to you.

Mac and Pansy Bumpus

May 18, 2022, 1:26 am

Jean and Patty, so sorry to hear about Lee. I know your hearts are breaking! Lee was very kind to Mac and I when we were moving to Cape Coral from Palm Harbor. and helped us so much. Sending our love and prayers to you and your loved ones. Mac and Pansy Bumpus

Karen Klinker

May 18, 2022, 4:41 pm

Patty, So very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Can only imagine your pain and sorrow but I know God gained a hard working and fun loving man. Lee brought so much Love and Joy to you as I could see it in your smile and hear it in your voice.
Love you so much

Brian Barnes

May 18, 2022, 10:15 pm

Aunt Jean I am so sorry to hear about Lee he was a great guy Love You R.I.P.

Robert Florek

May 20, 2022, 4:18 am

Lee was a good man. Càme to Fort Wayne, Indiana to train me on Air pressure. He left as a friend Later I went on a motorcycle trip to the Florida Keys. Lee took a few days off and joined me and my daughter. Showed us the sites of the keys. Hope you’re riding your Hog in heaven. Ride on. RIP my friend.

Chari Smith

May 20, 2022, 4:20 am

I just learned that Lee has passed. I lived down the block from him for many years and moved back to NY He helped me so much and was an amazing friend may he Rest In Peace god bless Daniel and his family you will be missed I am sure by many love you my friend I will miss you

Scott Germak

May 20, 2022, 2:38 pm

I had the pleasure of working with Lee for a brief period of time. He was without a doubt, one of the top employees, and more importantly one of the top people I had the opportunity to work with. My condolences.

Donna Platt

May 20, 2022, 3:39 pm

Our deepest sympathy to Patty and all of Lee’s family prayers for all of you at this sad time God bless 🙏🙏

Randy & Angela

May 20, 2022, 6:05 pm

Lee was a great man and a great friend. Always fun and willing to lend a helping hand, he was kind and thoughtful through all of the difficulties life had in store for him. He will definitely be missed. Memory Eternal!

Sue Streano

May 21, 2022, 12:42 pm

I am so sorry for your loss,Patty.You we’re such a devoted wife to Lee. And his biggest cheerleader. There is nothing you didn’t or wouldn’t do for your husband. He is in God’s hands now. I pray for your peace and comfort.

Diane Benton

May 21, 2022, 1:53 pm

Jean and Sharon and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
May all the wonderful memories bring comfort to all of you.
I’m so glad that our families have shared a lifetime of great friendship.

Kathy Caple

May 21, 2022, 2:20 pm

Jean and Patty, family and friends. Condolences to you all.
Lee was so kind. I knew him from church group as a kid. He was always nice and we had a good time. His mom Jean and my mom became good friends. As we grew up Lee was always there for advice and help. So many people and me will miss him. See you in heaven Lee, love ya.

Kathy Caple

May 21, 2022, 2:22 pm

Jean and Patty, family and friends. Condolences to you all.
Lee was so kind. I knew him from church group as a kid. He was always nice and we had a good time. His mom Jean and my mom became good friends. As we grew up Lee was always there for advice and help. So many people and me will miss him. See you in heaven Lee, love ya.

Karen Loeblein

May 23, 2022, 6:01 pm

Sadly my family is in town but know I share in your sadness. I feel very pleasured to have known Lee. All my love and prayers for you.

Kathy Snearley

May 29, 2022, 9:59 pm

Lee, I know you are not suffering anymore and I praise God for that. The short time I knew you it didn’t take me long to know that you did for everyone and me we well. Patty and Ruby will be hurting for a long time and I will try to help in anyway that I can. Blessings for your family.

Kay Wright

June 6, 2022, 3:06 am

Patty we are so sorry for your loss. We pray for your comfort in knowing how much Lee loved you. May he Rest In Peace until you meet again ❤️

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