John M. Barney obituary

contact: Jeanne Baron
| WMU News


Photo of John Barney.

John Barney

John M. Barney, a former electrician in the maintenance services unit of the Department of Facilities Management at Western Michigan University, died June 13. He was 60.

Barney, or J.B. as he was often called, joined the WMU staff in 1988 and retired in 2011 after 23 years of service to the University.

He earned a Semiannual Make a Difference Award from WMU in fall 2008. A campuswide peer-to-peer award, it recognizes staff members for their outstanding service and other accomplishments as well as their daily investment of energy and creativity.

Services and remembrances

Services have been held. Visit or for the family obituary or to make a memorial guestbook entry.

Memorial gifts may be made to the family to help with Barney's medical expenses.