Robert Michael Barnack

Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2010

Former Juneau and Tenakee Springs resident Robert "Bob" Barnack died Feb. 25, 2010, in his Oregon home. He was 77.

Born in 1932 in Fergus Falls, Minn., he served in the U.S. Army, obtained several degrees of higher education and began a teaching career in his home state of Minnesota. In 1971, he moved his young family to Alaska. In Juneau, he spent his career serving as a principal for Marie Drake, Capital and Auke Bay schools.

A lifelong lover of music, he obtained his masters degree in music from the University of Colorado. He spent many years teaching and playing music. The clarinet was his passion. He enjoyed being a member of the Juneau symphony as well as playing with a variety of musicians in Juneau and Tenakee Springs. Spending time in the Tenakee cabin he built with his children, creating whimsical Alaskan art and traveling were other great sources of joy for him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amanda and Conrad Barnack.

He is survived by, and will be greatly missed by, his children, Mike Barnack, Theresa (Mike) Buzard, David (Stella) Barnack, Anthony (Karen) Barnack, Tim Barnack, Annie (Bill) Janes and Daniel Barnack; and grandchildren, Nick Haws, Amanda and Richard Buzard, Anthony and Michael Barnack, Kristen Barnack, and Sam and Kaitlyn Barnack.

His family said his adventurous spirit, as well as his musical and artistic talents, are carried on by his grandchildren.

Anyone wishing to share thoughts, stories or condolences with the family may send them to Bob's daughter, Annie Janes, at P.O. Box 240177, Douglas, AK, 99824.

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