April 30, 1928 - November 8, 2015
Victor Magee Barnett, passed from this life on November 8, 2015. Mr. Barnett, twenty two year resident of Austin, was born in Tucson Arizona on April 30, 1928 to Ellis M. Barnett (1887-1964) and Pearl Magee Barnett (1890-1935).
As a child, Victor lived in El Paso and later in Fort Worth, where he attended Polytechnic High School. After graduation, he served a short enlistment in the U.S. Navy principally aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. Henley (DD762). Immediately thereafter, Mr. Barnett attended the University of Texas on the WWII G.I. Bill. In June 1951, he simultaneously received a BBA degree in International Trade (Latin America); a commission in the Air Force Reserve and a notice to report to the 131st Fighter Wing. Released from active duty in March 1953, he proceeded to Mexico City College on the Korean War G.I. Bill. There he obtained a Masters degree in Latin American Studies and met his future wife, Rosemarie Ippolito, a U.S. Embassy employee.
On August 29, 1954, they married at St. James Methodist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., then set up housekeeping in Houston, where Victor was involved in International Trade. While in Houston, they were blessed with two sons, Mark D. Barnett and Stanley E. Barnett. Recalled to active duty in 1961, then Air Force Captain Barnett was sent to Germany during the Berlin Wall crisis. Shortly thereafter, he and Rosemarie elected to continue on active duty. After Germany, there were tours in France, Utah, Vietnam, San Antonio, Korea, Washington, D.C., and the Philippine Islands.
Following military retirement, Mr. Barnett had a third career using his expertise in petroleum and hazardous materials transportation with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in New Orleans and then the Department of Energy, Albuquerque Operations Office. He retired in 1990, moving to Horsehoe Bay and later Austin.
Mr. Barnett was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis M. and Pearl, his brother, Harold M. and two sisters, Gladys Hall and Sara(Mitty) Bollman Guerra. He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie of Plano, Texas, two sons, Dr. Mark D. Barnett of Lewisville and Stanley E. Barnett of Pflugerville, plus four grandchildren, Katrina D. Bell, Natalie D. Cole, Reuven and Isaac Barnett, three great grandchildren, Hudson Cole, Easton and Rhett Bell.
A Celebration of the life of Victor Magee Barnett will be held privately at 2605 Sir Wade Way, Lewisville Texas, on November 22, 2015. His funeral procession will be on November 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the DFW National Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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