Mike Barnes, 47, of Cambridge, died February 2, 2014 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital.
Mike Barnes was born Dec. 31, 1966 in Minneapolis to Donald and Arleen (Fagerstrom) Barnes. He was raised in the Braham area and graduated from Braham High School in 1985. As a teenager, he enjoyed racing 3-wheelers and won many trophies. After high school, he attended Alexandria Technical College and graduated with a degree in Farm Equipment Mechanics. He began working at Cambridge Metals & Plastics in August 1988 and worked there until his illness.
Mike married Gail Lovelace Aug. 28, 1987. They have three wonderful children, Courtney 18, Kyle 17, and Brayden 15. Mike shared his passion for the outdoors with his children. Together they enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ATV riding, camping, and thrill seeking. He and his children also shared a special relationship with his Uncle Lloyd which included working on the family farm.
On Feb. 2, 2014, Mike took his final ridedestination heavenwhere he is now visiting with his beloved father. Mike was preceded in death by his father Donald Barnes. He is survived by his daughter Courtney of Ramsey, sons Kyle and Brayden of Cambridge, mother Arleen Barnes of Hinckley, sister Sandra (Dan) Nelson of Hinckley and nephew Dustin Nelson of Mound, former wife Gail Barnes, and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 7 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge with Pastor Jared Gustafson officiating. Aaron Fagerstrom and Dan DeRushia served as musicians. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Homes.