Anthony M. “Buddy” Barnes

Anthony M. “Buddy” Barnes

December 7, 2002 – November 2, 2023

Anthony was always busy and always moving since he was a little boy.  He joined the Boy Scouts of America in 2010, while in grade school with Pack/Troop 308 in Omaha, NE.  He enjoyed hundreds and hundreds of different activities and adventures with his father, Scouting family, and Scouting friends through the years.  In December of 2020, Anthony achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, after being actively involved in Scouting for over 10 years!  Anthony graduated from Millard West High School in May of 2021 and was a member of the Millard West Trap Team for all four years.  His Eagle Scout project; four wooden benches, are located at the Ashland Gun Club in Ashland, NE, which is the team’s gun club sponsor and where the trap team practices regularly.

Like his great-grandfather and father alike, Anthony,  AKA “Buddy” to his family and closest friends, was an avid lover of cars and anything related to cars, including his car clubs/meets.  For the last two years, Anthony worked at Baxter Ford Papillion, working on cars and following in the footsteps of his beloved great-grandfather, Buddy Ladd, hence the nickname, Buddy.  He also loved his family, guns, fishing, hunting, animals, being outdoors in nature, and more cars.  He was an extremely polite and soft-hearted young boy who always wanted to help others.  He grew up into an even more polite young man with a huge heart, always wanting to help others whenever and wherever he could.  He will be missed by his entire family all of those that were lucky enough to have known him as a friend.

Anthony is survived by his parents, Austin and Candy Barnes (Thompson); sister, Olivia Barnes; grandparents, Judy Barnes (Ladd), Stephen and Helen Mattes (Lopez), David and Nellie Thompson (Gdanov); many relatives and numerous friends.

VISITATION: Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the West Center Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family.  To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.



  • Alex Hoff Posted November 4, 2023 8:41 pm

    Anthony was like another little brother to me. So my heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

  • Serenity Eliker Posted November 4, 2023 8:42 pm

    I’m so sorry this happened to such a beautiful soul I went through high school with him but as time went unfortunately I parted ways but always wished him and his family well.

  • Toni Thompson Posted November 4, 2023 10:48 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you peace during this difficult time.

  • Lisa Hurst Posted November 4, 2023 10:54 pm

    I’m so very sorry 💔 I love you guys you and Anthony are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏 Your so right there are no words..

  • Janece Smith Posted November 5, 2023 12:45 am

    I’m am so very sorry to hear of Anthony’s passing. I’ve lost 2 of my children in thre last couple years.. snd my only living sibling last year. I feel your pain and no words I can say will make it better. Just know I’m thinking about you always.

  • Kim Lesinski Posted November 5, 2023 6:43 am

    Our thoughts are with you.

  • Ric & Betty Darrell Posted November 5, 2023 8:38 am

    Words cannot express how much our hearts go out to you during this trying time. May God bring comfort to you and soothe the pain of loss you are enduring.

  • Matthew and Lisa Rief Posted November 5, 2023 9:29 am

    Sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • David Norton Posted November 5, 2023 11:48 am

    Myself and my family extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to your family in this time of unimaginable grief. Praying you find solace and healing in each others arms

  • Janeice Mcclary Posted November 5, 2023 12:56 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you Barnes family.

  • Anna Marie Blessing Posted November 5, 2023 12:56 pm

    My heart is hurting for all of you. There are no words to adequately ease your pain. But please know that I’m lifting you up in my thoughts & prayers during this sad time.

  • Shawn Dughman Posted November 5, 2023 3:24 pm

    To me Anthony was more than a friend. He was a brother. My heart goes out to all of you.

  • Vivian Harris Posted November 6, 2023 8:40 am

    I’m sorry for your loss he was the most polite and courteous young adult I have ever met. there is simply not enough time with those we love.

  • Rick Darrell Posted November 6, 2023 9:47 am

    Buddy and Olivia are like our own children. We are so heartbroken to lose him. He was such a generous, courteous, and helpful young man. You guys did a great job to raise him up as a true Man for Others and his dedication to service of others will continue to live on forever.

  • Leslie Davis Posted November 6, 2023 10:48 am

    Austin, my Condolences to you and your family. Continued prayers for the peace and comfort.

  • Mikayla Gdanov Posted November 6, 2023 12:12 pm

    Anthony was my cousin and my best friend all wrapped into one. We shared some of our high school experience together and still hung out a lot after graduating. Any chance we got to see each other we took it. We had some amazing adventures together and I can’t believe they are gone. I love you Anthony!

  • Jesse Thiessen Posted November 6, 2023 4:16 pm

    My heart goes out to all of you, while I wasn’t very close with Anthony he was still a good friend and a great man. My condolences go to all of you.

  • Aaron Gdanov Posted November 6, 2023 6:03 pm

    God has a plan, he always does. I know I’m not supposed to understand the why, itway past what my brain can comprehend. Such an amazing family and an amazing young man. I am blessed to have seen him often as he would hang out with Mikayla. They ALWAYS found a way to hang out when they had time. I am also blessed to share the same birthday and we made it a point to tell each Happy Birthday, It will definitely be sad not hear from him on Dec 7th. Buddy, I can not even understand the hurt your parents and sister are going through, but I feel it. I will celebrate your life every day, and extra on December 7th. I love you and miss you Buddy! Rest easy, we will handle it down here. You just enjoy God’s company, don’t forget to say “HI” to your family now and then.

  • Tracy McGinnis Posted November 8, 2023 7:37 am

    The loss of a child is a pain that words cannot heal. During this time of sorrow, may you find solace in the love and memories you shared with Anthony. His spirit will live on in the lives he touched.

  • Jan Gwinn Posted November 8, 2023 10:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Cris Ringsdorf Posted November 9, 2023 9:23 am

    My heart breaks for you. The loss of a child is something no one should have to endure. There really are no words. I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and comfort for your family at this difficult time.

  • Kimberly Miller Posted November 9, 2023 9:32 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless you all.

  • Parker Miller Posted November 10, 2023 1:07 am

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers to the family

  • William P Craig Posted November 10, 2023 8:10 pm

    Hi guys ! We are so devastated by this news! Our hearts are broken! May God watch over you all in this time of need! We love and miss you!

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