Jeffrey Craig Barnes, 63, passed on peacefully from cancer Sept. 18 at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs.
Jeff was born Nov. 20, 1949, in Bagley, IA, and graduated from high school in Perry, IA. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and began working for AT&T, starting as a part-time long-distance operator during college, and ending as a senior account executive for global markets. During the devastating floods of 1993, Jeff was singled out for recognition by both AT&T and his major client, Principal Financial Group, for his outstanding dedication and resourcefulness.
In 2000, Jeff retired after 30 years with AT&T, relocating to Bonita Beach while continuing to maintain a farm near Adel, IA. A year later, he became a Realtor with Bluebill Real Estate, earning numerous awards for sales excellence. He was active in the Bonita Springs-Estero Association of Realtors.
He is survived by his loving wife of more than 25 years, Virginia; sisters, Janet Lucht of New Port Richey, Claudia Lientz of Rothschild, WI, and Valerie Lipscomb of Bradenton; as well as a large extended family.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Rolland and Millie Barnes of Jefferson, IA, and Fort Myers Beach, and his sister, Carol.
Visitation will be Monday at noon, followed by services at 2 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home, 525 111th Ave. N., Naples. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Humane Association.