TURIN-Richard Lewis Barniak, 72, of 5588 Morgan Gulf Road, Turn, died at home on December 28, 2013, after a long battle with cancer, which he fought with determination and optimism. He was under the care of his loving family and Hospice.
Born in Lowville on September 26, 1941, the son of Edward Barniak Sr. and Elon Bodnar Barniak, he was raised in Turin and attended local schools. Richard graduated from Lowville Academy in 1959 as president of his senior class with a full scholarship to St. Lawrence University but chose instead to attend Stetson University in DeLand, Florida so he could help with the family business. He later returned to Lewis County to become a successful and innovative dairy farmer. He had many entrepreneurial adventures while also farming and is the holder of two United States patents.
Richard and his wife Jan were lifelong travelers, and seeing new places gave him great pleasure. Throughout his life he frequently traveled to see family and friends, visiting all 50 states extensively. After retiring in 2006, traveling became their primary passion. Exploring China, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.
Richard leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Jan (Hamilton); four children and their spouses: Richard J. Barniak and wife Tamme of Turin, Dawn Gresham and husband Brian of Valparaiso, FL, Dana Arcuri and fiancÚ Larry Kidd of High Point, NC, and Vanessa Koether and husband Kalvin of Keller, TX; six grandchildren, Brandon and Lacey, Morgan and Ali and their two children, Izzah and Masum, Janie and Corey and their two boys, Troy and Nathan, Sean, Xander, and Trevor; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Maryana Bard of Watertown; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Paul Gothe of Turin; and two nieces. His parents and a niece predeceased him.
Calling hours will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. A celebration of life memorial service will be held in the spring at a date and time to be announced. Donations may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367.
Thanks and blessings are extended to all of those who have participated in Richards life and have consoled us during his illness.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.