Bryan David Barnell

05/15/1937 - 03/18/2019


Bryan David Barnell went to be with his Lord on Monday, March 18, 2019. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 81 years at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Hope Lutheran Church, 5700 98th St., Lubbock, TX 79424. A tribute of Bryan David Barnell’s life may be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Bryan David Barnell was born on May 15, 1937 to the late Rev. Barni Archibald and Alma Adelaide Barnell in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The family moved to Pueblo, CO., when Bryan was 13. Bryan became a member of the Boy Scouts and developed an interest in the history of the Native American tribes of the area. He took part in ceremonial dances and developed a talent for doing intricate bead work in traditional Native American patterns.

The family later moved to Ajo, AZ where he graduated high school. He worked in the copper mines for a period before moving to Kansas, where he joined the Air Force and met and married the love of his life, Mary Helen Neal.

The couple found themselves moving from base to base as they welcomed three daughters. After 8 years of dedicated military service he took the electrical technician skills he had gained to start his career with Litton Industries in Lubbock, TX.

He later opened Barnell Enterprises where he and Mary worked side by side designing and assembling various electrical circuit boards and other projects.

He then worked at Lubbock Cotton Growers maintaining all of their highly technical milling equipment, retiring in 1999.

Throughout his life he enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies and pursuits, including horses and rodeo; western artwork; photography; genealogy; woodworking; crossword puzzles and being an avid reader.

He and Mary enjoyed taking the grandchildren to the cabin they personally designed and built in Colorado.

His life was devoted to spending quality time with his family and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren – who all absolutely adored him.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Helen Barnell; three daughters, Judith (Ricky) Neal of Smyer, Barbara (Thomas) Gilliam of Lubbock, Brenda (Hut Allred) Barnell of Irving; six grandchildren, Jason (Tammy) Neal, Ericka (Bryan) Robason, Calvin Neal; Kelsey (Tray) Jones, Colton Gilliam, Keaton (Lindsey, Fiancé) Gilliam, four great-grandchildren, Tristan Neal, Grant Neal, Julia Jones, and Baby Jones (arriving in May); and a brother, Warren (Carrol) Barnell of Lincoln, NE; numerous nieces and nephews and his extended family at Hope Lutheran.

Memorial Service

Location: Hope Lutheran Church
Start Time:10:00 am
End Time:11:00 am


4 Comments on “Bryan David Barnell”

  1. My heartfelt sympathy go out to Bryan’s beloved wife, Mary, and his family. Bryan was a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed.

  2. To Mary and Family, It was with great sadness that I learned of Bryan’s passing. Our visits, whether in Gimli or our respective homes, were always memorable with stories of our Icelandic heritage. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and I hope that in a small way they help through these trying times.

  3. For Mary and family. Your family and mine were across the field neighbors for many years. I have the fondest memories of those years. I remember many times that Bryan helped our family, especially when my Dad had to be out of town for work or training. Bryan had no problem disciplining your girls and ours when needed. He was a quiet man but I had no doubt when I had made a mistake or done something wrong. I have the utmost respect for you and Bryan. They don’t make people like you anymore. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  4. I am so very sorry to learn of Mr. Barnell’s passing. My deepest sympathy goes to the family. How we long for the resurrection mentioned in Acts 24:15 to see our loved ones again. We have a beautiful future to look forward to, that will soon come to be, when Jehovah God does away with pain , mourning and death forever (Revelation 21:4) I hope these scriptures can bring some comfort to the family.

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