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Dr. Wayne J. Barnes

March 18, 1934 — May 24, 2020

Dr. Wayne Barnes, 86, passed away at his home on May 24th.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel with Father David Hemann officiating (all attendees are encouraged to bring a mask and practice social distancing measures for the service). Burial with military honors will be at Calvary Cemetery.  No visitation is planned


Dr. Barnes' funeral service can be viewed at this link:


Wayne was raised in Washington, Iowa.  He graduated from the University of Iowa where he met his wife, Joyce Needham, of 64 years.

Wayne served in the US Navy in Key West, Florida for 2 years as a dentist.  In 1960, Wayne and Joyce moved to Sioux City to begin his private dental practice.

Joyce, his 7 children, and dentistry were his true passions.

Wayne was a natural leader, both as a member and president, in Iowa and National dental association groups including the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners and President of the American Association of Dental Examiners.   He was also active with the University of Iowa Foundation and Dental School.

After practicing in Sioux City for 47 years and serving generations of families, Wayne retired in 2007 to a life of a different type of service.  Wayne served nine years on the Mercy Medical Center’s board (2 years as President) and also volunteered in the waiting room of the ICU making families comfortable.  He also served on the Boards of Holy Spirit Retirement Home and June E. Nylen Cancer Center.

Wayne was exemplary at making people feel comfortable – he had a kind and compassionate nature which served him well in his marriage, fatherhood, dental practice, and community service.  Family was the most important thing to him, each of his 7 children believing they were “his favorite.”

Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce, and 7 children:  Dr. Mark & Laura (Noonan) Barnes, Mindy (Barnes) & Mark Krause, Michael Barnes & Nathalie Chandler, Michelle Barnes & Rick Taylor, Dr. Melissa (Barnes) Peters, Matthew & Stefani (Tygar) Barnes, and Marnie (Barnes) & Patrick Brockamp. Wayne also had 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Joyce and his children would like to express appreciation to Hospice of Siouxland and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Siouxland, Holy Spirit Retirement Home, or June E. Nylen Cancer Center.

God will indeed be pleased to accept this wonderful man into his kingdom.

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