TBDBITL Alumni Club

The Best Damn Band In The Land - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

Glenn "Barney" W. Barnhart

October 9, 1924 – April 14, 2021

Glenn W. “Barney” Barnhart passed away peacefully on April 14, 2021 at Oak Creek Terrace in Kettering, Ohio.

Glenn was born in Circleville, Ohio October 9, 1924. Glenn was the son of the late Clarence Ray and Rose Woolever Barnhart.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Margaret S. Barnhart and son, Glenn Michael “Mike” Barnhart.

Glenn is survived by daughter, Carolyn (Carlton) Olvis of Beavercreek, Ohio, son, David (Delana) Barnhart of Toledo, Ohio, daughter-in-law, Debra Donan Barnhart of Orange, California, grandchildren, Elizabeth (Tony) Mahle, Christopher (Kathryn) Olvis, Kelly Barnhart, Michael (Katey) Barnhart, Sarah (Mahlon) Bush, Stephen (Nicole) Barnhart, Rachel Barnhart, 8 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Glenn became a student at The Ohio State University in the fall of 1942 and played sousaphone (tuba) in the OSU Marching Band. He was drafted at 18 and entered military service in Feb 1943. He was trained as a navigator and served as a B-29 navigator overseas with the 505th Bomb Group on Tinian Island in the Pacific theater. He participated in 23 combat missions of bombing flights over Japan. After the war, he returned to The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in industrial engineering in 1949.

After graduation, Glenn worked for the Heinz Company in Pittsburgh, PA, then moved to Dayton, Ohio where he worked for Standard Register, and he retired from Wright Patterson AFB after 28 years in 1987.

Glenn had a life-long love of music and played tuba or baritone starting in high school, thru his military service, and years as an OSU student. He continued his “music career” participating in many bands, including The Ohio State University alumni band TBDBITL (The Best Damn Band in the Land), the Kettering Civic Band, the Centerville Community Band, the Windjammers, the Dayton Letter Carriers Band, and his church Celebration Brass. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. He was also a Volunteer Usher at the Shuster Center and Victoria Theatre.

Family to receive friends 4:00 to 6:00 pm Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the Tobias Funeral Home-Far Hills Chapel where service will be held 6:00 pm with Pastor Deb Holder officiating. The family will again receive friends 11:00 to 1:00 pm on Friday, April 23, 2019 at the Defenbaugh Wise Schoedinger Funeral Home 151 East Main Street Circleville, Ohio 43113, where service will be held 1:00 pm Burial will follow Reber Hill Cemetery Ashville, Ohio. Condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

Glenn was a member of the marching band in 1942 and from 1946 through 1948. He played Sousaphone.