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Richard J. Barnett

Richard J. Barnett

Jun 15, 1951 – Dec 26, 2017

Age 66. Preceded in death by his parents, Richard L. and Zerlina (Lewis) Barnett; brother, Donald.  Survived by wife, Debra (Wagner) Barnett; sisters: Barb Barnett, Kathryn Berry (Dennis), Karen Little (Scott), Mary Lorincz (George); 11 nieces and nephews; 23 grandnieces and grandnephews; one great-grandnephew.

Rick worked in Respiratory Therapist and Information Technology at Bergan Mercy/Alegent/CHI for more than 40 years, retiring in 2015. He established, owned and operated Big Cottonwood Vineyards and Winery near Tekamah, NE, where he was the winemaker and vineyard manager.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Jan. 2nd from 4pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by SERVICES at 7pm.  CELEBRATION OF LIFE to be held on Saturday, Jan. 6th from 1pm to 3pm at Big Cottonwood Vineyards and Winery, 2865 County Road I in Tekamah (please go to www.bigcottonwoodwinery.com for directions).  Interment, Forest Lawn.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

 

 

 

17 Comments

  • Greg & Cindy Nollette Posted December 29, 2017 9:31 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all and help you find pease.

  • Steve and Cindy Redfern Posted December 29, 2017 12:52 pm

    Sorry for you loss he was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.? as our friends and wine maker

  • Steve and Cindy Redfern Posted December 29, 2017 1:02 pm

    So Sorry for your loss he was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed as our friend and wine maker

  • Patrice Duggan Posted December 29, 2017 4:41 pm

    Rick was such a kind and gentle soul. This world will miss him. Deb, you two were truly soulmates.

  • Linda and Chuck Pendgraft Posted December 30, 2017 11:39 am

    Rick will be very missed by so many people that love him.. He was a wonderful and fun man… So sorry for your loss…

  • DON AND KATHY ELLIOTT Posted December 30, 2017 11:45 am

    Sorry for your lose. Our condolences to the family. It was a pleasure knowing you.

  • Mary Ann Wendland Posted December 30, 2017 12:26 pm

    I am so sorry, Deb. Rick was not only your husband, but your best friend. In addition, he was an amazing friend and truly wonderfull person. I am honored that I got to know him. Know that you can contact me at any time to talk, cry, or scream. Sending you live.

  • John & Shirley Raleigh Posted December 30, 2017 12:36 pm

    Rick’s passing will be a great loss to, and he will be missed by all of his family and friends and all of the costumers of Big Cottonwood Winery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Deb and with the rest of Rick’s family.

  • Gary and Sharon Loftis Posted December 30, 2017 4:12 pm

    We send our prayers and sympathy to you Deb and all your family. Rick was such a nice man and so fun to talk to at your winery. May sweet memories give you comfort in the days ahead.

  • Julie Hayes Posted December 30, 2017 4:15 pm

    So sorry to hear this. We met him in August and he was a very nice man.

  • Dennis and Stephanie Griger Posted December 30, 2017 5:42 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to his spouse and best friend Deb , as well as to other family members during this very difficult time. Words cannot express the loss and sadness felt by friends, family and customers of Big Cottonwood with Rick’s passing. He will be forever missed but not forgotten.

  • Dennis and Stephanie Griger Posted December 30, 2017 6:22 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rick’s spouse and best friend,Deb and to other family members during this very difficult time: Rick will be forever missed but not forgotten by his family, friends and customers of Big Cottonwood Winery.

  • Cindi & Tom Ramaeker Posted December 30, 2017 8:16 pm

    Deb, we are so very sorry for your loss. We met you both this fall during our first trip to your winery with Dean & Nancy. I was struck by the gentleness of your sweet hubby and the love you had for one another. Sending our deepest condolences.

  • Pam Christiansen Posted January 1, 2018 4:22 pm

    Rick was a wonderful man. I am so sorry, Deb. Sending comforting prayers to you.

  • Mike and Sheri JJacoby Posted January 2, 2018 9:43 am

    Mike and I want to express our condolences to Deb and the rest of the family.. Rick was one of a kind. He will be deeply missed. His memories will be ones to be cherished. forever.

  • Sonya Mizer-Billy Posted January 2, 2018 1:22 pm

    Deb,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Remember your grief journey is your own. Big hugs!!

    Love, Sonya

  • Peg luebbert Posted January 2, 2018 5:25 pm

    Deb. We are so sorry for your loss. Rick was a kind gentle man who obviously was your soulmate. I wish i could give you a hug tonight but am out of town on business. Please know you and Ricks family are in my thoughts and prayers!

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