Bob Barnes Passes

Cherokee, IA (KICD)–A rodeo legend from rural Peterson passed away Saturday evening.

Bob Barnes, known by many as “The Colonel”, became a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1950 and held his first PRCA rodeo with his sister. By 1953 they hit the road with a full string of stock and the Barnes Rodeo Company is still running shows today. In the early 60’s, Barnes helped start a children’s home by the name of Midwest Christian Services in Peterson.

Former Clay County Fair Manager Phil Hurst tells KICD News that his early years were spent in Larrabee.

Hurst recalls the first time he went to Las Vegas.

Bob Barnes passed away Saturday evening at Careage Hills in Cherokee. Funeral services are slated for 1:30 this Friday at the Church of Christ in Sutherland. Visitation will be at the Sutherland Church of Christ on Friday from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The Boothby Funeral Home is handling arrangements.