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John D. Barnard

May 30, 1962 ~ October 21, 2023 (age 61) 61 Years Old

John Barnard Obituary

John D. Barnard, 61, Wausau passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at his home. 

He was born May 30, 1962 in Sturgis, Michigan, son of the late John E. and Barbara (Baldwin) Barnard.  John married Christine Swan on June 26, 1982.  They later divorced. He then married Amy Hayes on October 10, 2010.  She survives.

John worked for several employers in the Wausau/Merrill area. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, kayaking and camping.

Survivors include his wife, Amy Barnard, Fairfield, Ill.; children, Stephanie (Luke Geddes) Barnard, Milwaukee, Hunter Barnard, Mosinee, and Hannah Barnard, Stevens Point; stepdaughter, Tailyr Buckley, Merrill; grandson, Phoenix Barnard; step grandchildren, Bentley, Jeb, Zach, Kay, Octavia and Delilah, siblings, Brent Jensen, Cindy Lee, and Martin (Laura) Barnard; brother-in-law, Jim Swan; and numerous nieces, nephews and other friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jeffrey Barnard and Jack Edward Barnard.

At John’s request, there will be no formal funeral services.  Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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