Robert ‘Mike’ Barnhart, 70, Vietnam vet, owned appliance/electronics store, raised show dogs

By on January 7, 2015

Robert M. “Mike” Barnhart, 70, of Lititz, with his family by his side, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center.

Mike was born in Lancaster to the late John and Helen Wagner Barnhart. He shared 44 years of marriage with his wife Gail B. Strauss Barnhart. Mike dearly loved his wife, children, and grandchildren.

A graduate of J. P. McCaskey High School, Mike served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam war. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Millersville University. A longtime Lititz business owner, Mike operated R.M. Barnhart’s Appliance and Electronics. Later in life, he earned his master’s degree from Penn State and taught electronics at Lancaster Vo-Tech for more than 30 years.

Mike was known for his sense of humor, keen intellect, and creative gourmet meals. He loved to spend time down at the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and grandchildren. In his youth, he enjoyed racing pigeons and hunting and fishing with his brothers. Raising, training, and showing dogs was a source of achievement and pride.

In addition to his wife Gail, Mike is survived by four children: Peter J. Barnhart, husband of Caroline (Thomas) of Neffsville; Christopher M. Barnhart, husband of Bonnie S. (Adams) of Rothsville; Kerry Ann Barnhart Dorwart, wife of Bob of Manheim; and Scott R. Barnhart, husband of Heather (Dorwart) of Lititz. Mike and Gail have eight wonderful grandchildren: Danielle, Kole, Isaac, Maisie, Raygan, Paytan, Cooper, and Sage.

Mike was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Mike’s family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, with his celebration of life and full military honors to follow at 2 p.m. at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane League of Lancaster, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 or to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Road., Camp Hill, PA 17011.

To send the family online condolences, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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