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Matthew James Barnes

September 5, 2023 — December 15, 2023

Midland, MI

Matthew James Barnes


Matthew James Barnes, has left a profound impact on all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Born on September 5, 2023, in Alma, MI, Matthew's time on this earth was tragically cut short on December 15, 2023. Despite his brief time with us, Matthew's joyful spirit and heartwarming smile brought immeasurable happiness to his loved ones.

From the moment he entered the world, it was evident that Matthew’s possessed a remarkable propensity for happiness. His infectious smile lit up every room he entered and had an uncanny ability to brighten even the darkest days. His lively and animated nature shone through his expressive hands as he effortlessly conveyed his emotions to those around him. Matthew thoroughly enjoyed engaging in conversations with his family, using his hands and babbling as an extension of his vibrant personality.

Above all else, Matthew cherished the time spent with his devoted family. He had an extraordinary way of spreading laughter wherever he went and had a way of making everyone smile around him.  Being held by his loving family brought him comfort and joy beyond words cannot express. His sisters, Josie and Aleah, held a special place in his heart, and their presence never failed to bring delight to him. The bond they shared was one of immense love and admiration.

He is survived by his parents Kylee and Austin Barnes, his grandparents Stacy (Barnes) Huizar, Ashley Narvais, Sydney Redburn, and great-grandparents Bill Barnes and Armina Redburn and great-grandpa Lewis will forever hold cherished memories of their beloved grandson. 

In addition to his immediate family, he leaves behind aunts, uncles, and a host of cousins who were fortunate enough to be touched by his presence. Colton Millmine, Chloe (Timothy Leinberger) Redburn, Rochelle Millmine, Emma Sittingdown, Robin (Dillion) Atzert, Heidi Huizar, Jade Huizar, Jason Kenway, and numerous other relatives will carry the memory of Matthew in their hearts as they continue to celebrate his life.

Matthew was predeceased by his great-grandfather Raymond Redburn and two great-grandmothers Penny Lewis and Josie Barnes.

A celebration of Matthew's life will take place at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2023 at Gordonville United Methodist Church, 76 E. Gordonville Rd., Midland, MI.  Pastor Michael Kelley will officiate.  Arrangements entrusted to W. L. Case and Company Funeral Directors.  Please share your words of condolences with the family at

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Past Services

Celebration of Life

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Gordonville United Methodist Church

76 E. Gordonville Road, Midland, MI 48640

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