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Hub Barnes

December 7, 1941 — August 22, 2020

Hub Barnes

Hub Barnes

Age 78 of Symerton, Illinois passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Born December 7, 1941 in Findlay, Illinois, Aubrey Wayne was a son of A. Wayne and Mildred Leota (Marshall) Barnes. He was raised in Findlay before the family moved to Moweaqua, Illinois, where he graduated from Moweaqua High School with the Class of 1959. Following high school, Hub went to work for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Decatur and later relocated to the Joliet Plant from where he retired in 2005 after 43 years of service.

On September 1, 1962, Hub married Mary Demascal in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption, Illinois. Together they made their home in Channahon before settling in Symerton in 1968, where they raised their family. A member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Wilmington, he was also a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus with the Fr. George Kuzma Council. Hub is known locally as a dedicated coach, who coached baseball, basketball, softball and track spanning three decades. He was past president of the Wilmington Baseball Association and belonged to the Caterpillar Retirees Club.

A man of diverse interests, Hub was one who loved people and genuinely made friends everywhere he went. A lover of sports, he followed the Chicago White Sox and Bears, and could always be found in the bleachers cheering on the Wilmington Wildcats. Hub took on anything he loved with 100% of himself, and nothing was more important to him than family. The pillar of the family, Hub was a devoted husband, supportive dad and proud BAP to his grandsons. Hub leaves behind a rich legacy to his family and the community, and will forever be missed by his many special friends and loved ones.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; six children: Teri (Dan) Cummings of Wilmington, Tami Barnes (John) Macek of Aurora, Kevin Barnes of Symerton, Tracy Barnes of Warrenville, Kip (Meredith) Barnes of Braceville and Kristy (Terry) David of Iowa, Louisiana; two grandsons: Christopher Cummings of North Aurora and Austin Cummings (fiancé – Melanie Morris) of Wilmington; six siblings: Mary Alice (the late Bob) Workman of Harrisburg, Illinois; Marilyn (the late John) Bower and Sharon Barnes, both of Moweaqua, Sue (Earl) Kramer of Tuscola, Gloria Barnes of Moweaqua and Kenny Barnes of Brainerd, Minnesota; one sister-in-law, Jane (the late Rich) Evaschuk of Naperville and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hub was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Mildred; brother, Bill (Rita) Barnes; sisters: Barb (Mick), Von, Darlene and Kathy (Scott), and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edgar and Betty Demascal.

The family will receive friends for a visitation at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Due to recent updated mandates issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health; Face mask requirements and measures of safe social distancing practices will be in order. The funeral home staff will also assist the family not to exceed the newly lowered safe number set forth for the visitation.

A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Wilmington on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Those wishing to participate in Hub’s services are invited to watch the live stream on Thursday morning starting at 11:00 a.m. by logging onto his memorial page.

Hub will be laid to rest in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wilmington, and his pallbearers will be: Kevin Barnes, Kip Barnes, Christopher Cummings, Austin Cummings, Dan Cummings, John Macek and Terry David.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Hub’s memory to the Wilmington Baseball Softball Association or to the Wilmington District 209U Music Boosters.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the countless family and friends who have reached out to Hub during his illness. They also wish to express their thanks to Joliet Area Community Hospice for their extraordinary care and support.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs and share Hub’s memorial page on social media by logging onto:

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. ( 815-476-2181 )

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