July 4, 1982 - December 19, 2016
Zane Kessler Barnes, 34, of Empire passed away Monday, December 19, 2016. He was at his newly completed home, proudly built by his hands, surrounded by his loving family. Zane was 100% American, born on the 4th of July in 1982 to his parents Reuben Perry and Becky Jean (Fouts) Barnes. He married Kimberlee Marie Kunisch on June 17, 2006 at Ranch Rudolph. Their family grew to include 4 amazing children, guided in faith as members of St. Philip Neri of Empire. A TC West Senior High graduate of 2001, Zane competed in several sports, holding the discus record there for many years. His passion was football, going on to play the two-inaugural seasons for the TC Wolves semi-professional football team. After more than a decade in construction, he joined the Elmer’s Team. There he continued to gain respect for his unsurpassable work ethic, maintaining his nickname, “Zane the Crane”. They took notice. When the Elmer’s family learned of his illness, they drew his family close, helping his sisters orchestrate an overflowing fundraiser and urging him to begin building their dream home immediately. Their love and support are a true testament to their faith and commitment to their employees and our community. With their help, Zane, Zane’s dad and countless friends and family completed their home with precious time left to spend in it surrounded constantly and lovingly by family, friends, and continuing involvement of his coworkers. For Zane, fall was filled with football and hunting. He spent quality time watching the Lions, U of M Wolverines ( and more ;) ) and hunting, often with his sons and older daughter. He also loved camping, 3 hour tours, golfing, fishing, and stacking hay. But above all, spending time with his wife and children. He loved taking part in his kids’ activities, passing along his passions and skills. His deep commitment and love for his family will live on forever. Surviving Zane are his wife Kimberlee of 10 years; children Zachary, Kyler, Karlize and Zebrina; parents Reuben and Becky Barnes; siblings Cassandra (Dan) Szerszenski, Brenda (Bob) Culbertson, Amanda (Eric) Yaple; father and mother in law Chuck and Ellen Kunisch; sister and brother in laws Tracii (Josh) Kunisch-Chandler, Beth (Keith) Fritz, Charlie (Tracy) Kunisch, Jim (Carrie) Kunisch; his beloved German Shepherds and countless other loving family members, friends, and coworkers. Zane’s family would like to extend their gratitude for all the support throughout this journey. Every thought, prayer, and numerous other gestures of love has not gone unnoticed. A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 22 from 4-8pm with a Scripture Service at 7pm at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Empire. Mass will be held on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 11am with a visitation beginning at 10am also at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Kindly share thoughts and memories with Zane’s family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com. The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
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