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David Uriah Barnes

September 17, 1975 — August 26, 2023


David Uriah Barnes, age 47, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, August 26, 2023, after a short fight with cancer, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Calvary Baptist Church in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend Errin Mulberry officiating. The service will be live streamed and can be viewed on the church's website at  Interment will be at a later date in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton, South Dakota. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Saturday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton, South Dakota.
David Uriah Barnes was born September 17, 1975, in Miller, South Dakota, to Richard Barnes and Nila (Miedema) Potter. He grew up in many different places including Colorado Springs, CO, New Rockford, ND, and Highmore, SD. David graduated from Highmore High School in 1993. At the age of 18, David had open heart surgery to replace the tricuspid valve with a pig valve due to multiple birth defects. This started his admiration for and collection of pig memorabilia.

After high school, David attended Northern State University, where he met Theresa Fish. They were married on June 26, 1998 and moved to Mitchell, South Dakota. David graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute with a degree in telecommunications, then worked for Martin Group in Mitchell as an outside plant supervisor, which required him to travel. In order to be home more, David decided to go back to school and in 2006 graduated with a nursing degree from Dakota Wesleyan University. His family then moved to Yankton, South Dakota, where David began working as a Registered Nurse for the South Dakota Human Services Center which he continued for over 17 years.

David attended Calvary Baptist Church in Yankton. He loved Jesus, cared deeply for family, and wasn’t afraid to share his faith. He also made it a priority to care for his extended family, including providing special care for his mother and father at the end of their lives.  
David loved football and was a diehard Vikings fan. He enjoyed collecting sports cards, playing fantasy football, and genuinely getting to know people. He was a kind, friendly man who wasn’t afraid to have the hard conversations. David had an infectious laugh that would often lead to laughing so hard he would cry. Attending his children’s and family’s events was important to him. He was so proud of all their accomplishments and would proudly brag to anyone about them. David’s positive and caring presence will be missed.
Survivors include his wife, Theresa Barnes of Yankton, South Dakota; four children: Caleb Barnes of Yankton; Luke (Brenna Stevens) Barnes of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Calli Barnes of Yankton and Nathan Barnes of Yankton; three sisters: Rebecca (Mark) Miller of Dixon, Illinois; Sylvia (JD) Anderson of Faulkton, South Dakota; and Rachel (Chris) Miller of Kalispell, Montana; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sons, Jonah and Jon; father-in-law, George Fish; brother-in-law, Tim Fish; sister-in-law, Nicole Westerhuis; nephews, Michael and Connor Westerhuis; and nieces, Jaeci and Kailey Westerhuis.

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Saturday, September 2, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am

Family will receive friends one hour prior.

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