James Barner, known to friends as "Bob", passed away at home on March 22, 2020, at the age of 75 years.
Bob's father was in the USAF and he was fortunate to move quite often during his formative years. He spent time in Yokohama and Tokyo during grade school and graduated from Schertz-Cibolo High School in Schertz, Texas, and married Mildred Stubos. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam police action. He refused a Purple Heart and was a victim of agent orange. Upon his return to the United States he found his wife and divorced him. He attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and satisfied the requirements for certificates for mechanical and electrical technician. He settled in the Las Vegas area; was a silent actor in Viva Las Vegas. The biggest highlight for him was when Elvis Presley stepped on his foot during the performance around the pool. It was during this time he met and married Charlotte Joanne Komarus, who was known as "Joanne".
He was the president of the Las Vegas Corvette Club in 1980 and 1981; he owned, raced, and lived Corvettes.
In March 1975, he obtained an instrument pilot's license and flew for Preferred Equities Corporation bringing potential buyers to Pahrump. He made two trips a day, met interesting people including several EG&G Directors who were looking for land in Pahrump.
He went to work for EG&G as an electrical engineering technician in the late 1970's and took a job with the Department of Energy in the early 1980's as a Technical Engineer.
In 1992 Bob and Joanne purchased a home and moved to Pahrump; later that year he began volunteering for the Nye County Sheriff as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff.
Bob attended a Peace Officer Standards and Training Regional Academy and became POST Certified as a Category I Peace Officer in late 1994.
On the way home, after completing a patrol shift he was singled out by a local cop hater and because he was driving his patrol vehicle, the man, driving a large van, hit him head on at Bolling on Hwy 372. Bob sustained severe injuries, was flighted to UMC and remained in the hospital for several weeks. The man made no bones about it, he was going to kill a cop that night. Sheriff Lieseke awarded him a Purple Heart.
Bob was also a member of the Sheriff's Mounted Posse. He liked to travel, golf, off road, debate, volunteer, ride his horse, and play with his dogs. Bob retired from the Department of Energy in 2000. He volunteered for the Nye County District Attorney's Office as an Investigator and for the Court as a Bailiff. He concluded his volunteer career as a Volunteer Deputy Sheriff retiring in 2017.
Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2019, a gift from Viet Nam and agent orange.
Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife Joanne in March 2010, his father James Robert Barner Senior in 2004, and his mother Maxine Barner in 2001. He had no children. He had a sister, Elizabeth Ann, but lost contact with her according to Bob, some thirty years ago.
A Celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Pahrump Family Mortuary, and Grandview Cemetery, 5441 Vicki Ann Road in Pahrump, Nevada with his Academy brother, Sheriff's Chaplain Donald Boulden and Sheriff's Auxiliary Unit Chaplain Drake Austin officiating. Bob will be laid to rest between his mother and father.
Memorial donations in memory of Bob can be made to Zelzah Shriner's, 2313 Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89104.
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