Bill Barnes was self-taught auctioneer


William “Bill” Barnes, 85, of Spearfish, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Bill Barnes

Bill Barnes

Bill was born Jan. 6, 1928, to L.O. “Barney” and Edith (Jensen) Barnes at Lakefield, Minn. He spent his early years in the Lakefield area, moving to Faith at the age of 15. His family then moved to Mobridge where he attended high school. He quit high school and went to work for the railroad.
He was then recruited into the U.S. Army, serving in Japan during the occupation.
After his time in the service he returned to Mobridge where he met Violet Huber. They were married on Aug. 6, 1950. They lived in Mobridge, Dupree and then Ft. Pierre, where they raised their family.
Bill owned a trucking company and worked at the Ft. Pierre and Highmore livestock auctions. Being a self-taught auctioneer, he then moved to Belle Fourche where he worked at the Belle Fourche and St. Onge livestock auctions and the Bowman livestock auction.
He retired in 2008. Bill and Violet enjoyed wintering in Arizona for 25 years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Violet of Spearfish; children, Debbie (Bill) Myers of St. Onge, Rhonda (Terry) Lawhon of Garden City, Kan., Billie Curtis of Belle Fourche, Sherri Stoeser of Pierre and Billy Barnes of Newell; 14 grandchildren, nine great-granddaughters; and five sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche.
Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery under the direction of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel and Crematory Service of Spearfish.
A memorial has been established to the Belle Fourche High School Rodeo Club or the Belle Fourche United Church of Christ. Online condolences can be left at

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