Billy W. Barnett was born to Leonard and Frances Barnett in Hurley, MO in 1936. He went to Modesto High School where he met his sweetheart, Elaine Mirabile. They were married after high school and had two sons, Rickey and Billy, Jr.
Bill coached little league and was National Little League President for four years. He worked for PG&E for 43 years and was a pitcher on their fast-pitch softball team. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a volunteer firefighter in Turlock for many years. He was a member of the Turlock Motorcycle Club and also helped establish a 4-wheel drive club called Wheels-4-Go. Bill and Elaine loved camping on the Coast in their motorhome, tennis and square dancing.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 61 years Elaine, and his sister Wilma Storne. He is survived by his brother Joe (Vera) Barnett, children, Rickey (Sherry) Barnett and Billy, Jr. (Gail) Barnett, 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19th at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock, with the burial to follow at Turlock Memorial Park.