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Bob Barnes
 Square Dance Caller, Round Dance Cuer
ID: 514

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Bob Barnes
Bob Barnes

Robert "Bob" Barnes is originally from Northern Michigan and started calling in 1962 in Traverse City, MI. He also began to cue and teach round dances. In 1965 he moved to Bridgeman, MI and had his own square dance hall called the Alamo. In 1975 he moved to New Port Richey, FL where he was a full-time caller and cuer and called seven days a week from Basic through C2, while working as a travel agent on the side. He was fortunate enough to be able to travel to many countries in Europe and around the world and got paid to do it. He recorded on several different square dance recording labels and wrote many round dance routines. Much of his time during the winter months was spent in Florida calling in such places as New Port Richey, Englewood, Fort Myers, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Zephyrhills and Jacksonville. He spent a lot of time at Strawberry Square in Plant City as well. In 1992 he married Shirley Myers and they continue to teach round dancing from Phase II through V, although he retired from square dance calling in 2010.
Robert E. Barnes, of Buchanan, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 21, 2018, surrounded by many of his loving children and grandchildren. Born on March 31, 1933 to the late Ralph and Alice Barnes in Sears, Michigan, Robert (Bob) was proud to have worked in many different fields in his lifetime. As he often said, he would do anything and everything needed to take care of his growing family. Born on a dairy farm, he went on to work as a milk delivery driver, trucker, and auto mechanic. He was also a proud United States Air Force veteran who served in the Korean Conflict. After becoming a self-taught electronics technician, he traveled the country setting up radio stations, where he came to love country music and meeting many of the airwave stars. Later, he owned and operated his own repair shops, Barnes Radio & Television, in Traverse City and Cadillac. After moving to Southwest Michigan, where he worked for Heathkit Electronics and Bridgman Appliance Center, he again opened his own business on Lake Street in Bridgman. In 1952, he married Delores Bartlett and together they raised five children. One of Bob’s many passions was square dancing. He became a caller, forming square dance clubs and calling dances statewide, nationally, and eventually internationally and wrote and released over one hundred square dance songs and records. After his separation from Delores, he married Shirley Martin and moved to Florida, where he continued to pursue his square dancing career, traveling to dozens of countries around the world. Robert is preceded in death by his parents, wife Shirley (Martin), brother Wesley (Eva) Barnes, and daughter Diana Lynn Little. Robert is survived by his brother Ronald (Laura) Barnes, Wanetta Knowles, Linda Montague, Larry (Cindy) Barnes, and his children Dennis Lee (Beverly) of Baroda, Denice Louise (Theodore) Hartline of Buchanan, Donald Leonard (Suzanne) of Bridgman, and David Laurence (Judy) of Austin, TX. Bob would joke that he could have no more children because he ran out of DLBs. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bob was a caring man who loved his dog and cat and enjoyed planning and hosting family reunions, where his family would all gather at his home. He also loved the city of Buchanan, and often hosted free dinners for all city employees at Hilltop Café. His funeral is being held at the Pike Funeral Home-Boyd Chapel in Bridgman. We will always love and cherish him.

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Recordings by Bob Barnes:
Ace In The Hole  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Red Boot Star 1326
Angel Eyes  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Bogan 1316
Cheating Song  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Bogan 1329
Clarinet Capers  Round, Windsor 4667
Dreamy New England Moon / My Ideal  Round, Windsor 4545
Heavenly Thoughts  Round, Hoctor 660
Just Around The Corner  Round, Windsor 4542
Just Around The Corner / Magic Waltz  Round, Windsor 4703
Love In The Country  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Red Boot Star 1301
Love Me Honey Do  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Red Boot Star 1315
Monterey Waltz  Round, Windsor 4764
Monterey Waltz  Round, Windsor 4786
Monterey Waltz / Twilight Time  (lyrics)  Round, Windsor 4716
Seem Like Old Times  Round, Grenn 14220
Seem Like Old Times  Round, Grenn 14306
September Moon  Round, Windsor 5202
Shirley's Tamara  Round, Windsor 4735
Shirley's Tamara  Round, Windsor 4771
Snowflake  (sample clip) (cue sheet) (lyrics)  Singing Call, Red Boot Star 1314
Somebody Else  Round, Red Boot 914
Something Nice  (sample clip) (cue sheet)  Singing Call, Bogan 1315
Sugar Baby  Round, Grenn 14104
Tenderly  Round, Windsor 4651
Tenderly  Round, Windsor 4769
Tenderly  Round, Windsor 5204
The One Rose  Round, Mar Let 1003
The One Rose  Round, Mar Let 2001

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