In Memoriam - Norm and Junne Barnett

Junne Barnett
Violet Junne Barnett, 91, of Flat Rock, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sadly, we lost Junne this Spring. She and her late husband Norm were long time fruit jar collectors, and founders of the Midwest Fruit Jar Club of Muncie. Our condolences to their families. 

Norm's obituary is posted below.
Junne's is here.

The Barnetts were inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame in 2003 for their contributions and devotion to the collecting hobby.

2003 – Norm & Junne Barnett

Early Federation members, the Barnetts specialized in fruit jars. In 1972, Norm joined Roger Emory of Hagerstown, Ind., to organize the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club. Norm served as president for all but 10 years of its existence and was show chairman at the same time. Junne served as club newsletter editor for 30 years, retiring in 2006. She did the program books for the FOHBC 25th anniversary show in Cherry Hill, N.J. (1994) and Nashville, Tenn., Expo (1996)
Read the Norm Barnett fruit jar Legend article here: pdf link.

Posted June 2010 -- Long time fruit jar collector, Norman Barnett has been in ill health for some time, and sadly, he passed away this morning. Oct. 25, 2010.

Here is a wonderful article about Norm, and his fruit jar collection, when author Bruce Schank included Norm in his 'Legends of the Jar' interview series. -- just click on this link to the Midwest Fruit jar Club's newsletter:

The Barnetts will always be remembered, and missed.

Here is the obituary from the SHELBYVILLE NEWS -- Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Norman Barnett, 84, of Flat Rock died Monday Oct., 25, 2010. at Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.

Born Feb. 9, 1926, in Shelby County, he was the son of Lloyd H. and Lillie Mae (Crawford) Barnett. He married Junne Baxter on March 19, 1946, and she survives.

Other survivors include his sons, Stephen Barnett of Medaryville and Gary A. (wife, Debra) Barnett of Edinburgh; grandchildren, Angela, Jesse, Ryan A. (wife, Kim) and Bradley A. Barnett; great-grandchildren, Aodhan Frazee, Icadora Frazee, David A. Barnett and Noah A. Barnett; sisters-in-law, Exiene Barnett and Joan Baxter; niece, Sandy Daulton; nephew, Bill Barnett; brother-in-law, Oris Baxter; daughter-in-law, Dawn Barnett Baker; and cousins, David Sever and Karen Doughty.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Donnie Barnett and Kenneth Barnett.

Mr. Barnett had owned Barnett Sales in Flat Rock, an Oliver and White farm equipment dealership, for 30 years.

He had served in the U.S. Army and Air Force during World War II.

Mr. Barnett was a member of Flat Rock United Methodist Church, past master of Farmers Masonic Lodge and past president of Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors. In 2003, he and his wife were inducted in to the FOHBC Hall of Fame. He was chairman of the organization 1979-10. He had also served on the Shelby County Sheriff Merit Board for 28 years and was board president of the Shelby County Historical Society.

His favorite hobby was collecting rare antique fruit jars, his collection was among the top 10 in the county. He was also an organizer in 1969 of the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club, the only club for collectors of mainly fruit jars with membership in 28 states and Canada and served as president for 25 years.
Due to this hobby the Barnetts have friends across the country and have been able to travel to England and Europe four times and all 50 states.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., with Masonic rites at 1:45 p.m., Saturday at Flat Rock United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Les Fix officiating.

Burial, with military graveside rites, will be in Flat Rock Cemetery.
Memorials may be donated to Grover Museum, Flat Rock United Methodist Church or Shelbyville Salvation Army, in care of the funeral home.
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