In loving memory of

Ian A. Barnhart
June 2, 1997 - June 18, 2020

OSKALOOSA, Iowa - Ian A. Barnhart, 23, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020, his home.

Visitation will be held at 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for a memorial that has been established in Ian's name for various police organizations. Online condolences:

A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Reverend Dan Robbs will officiate. A committal service will take place Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in Greenwood Cemetery.

There will be a Celebration of Life at Gateway Nazarene Church in Oskaloosa, Saturday, July 11, 2020. Time is to be determined.

Ian was born on June 2, 1997, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Matt Barnhart and Julie Walter.

Ian was a police officer in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He loved being a police officer. Ian enjoyed fishing and hunting. He liked to watch sports and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan.

Those left to honor his memory include his father, Matt Barnhart and his wife, Bobbie, of Cedar Rapids; his mother, Julie Walter and her husband, David, of Fruitland; two brothers, Matt Walter of Fruitland and Dylan Grissom and his wife, Quynh, of Cedar Rapids; one sister, Miranda McElroy and her husband, Paul, of Oskaloosa; his grandparents, James Barnhart and his wife, Judy, of Muscatine, Tim Stevens and his wife, Melody, of Muscatine, and Marvin Grimm and his wife, Jeanne, of Amana; one nephew, Crue; one niece, Emma; several aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends, and his beloved dog, Benji.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carroll Walter and Shirley Jarrett; and great grandparents, Lee and Laura Barnhart.


Sherri Bierman wrote on Jul 4, 2020:

"Matt & Bobbie, My sincere condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sherri Bierman "

Nicole Abernathy wrote on Jul 2, 2020:

"I was blessed by being arrested by Ian a few times. After he got to know me he would stop by and check on me and make sure I was doing well. I really will miss him. My heart hurts for your loss and the whole teams loss. God be with you all. God bless"

Marc Jr Mike wrote on Jun 30, 2020:

"Matt and Bobbie, Donna and I are truly sorry to hear of your loss. We'll be remembering you in our prayers. Marc and Donna Mike"

Nick Bird wrote on Jun 30, 2020:

"Matt, Bobbie and family, We are deeply sorry about the loss of Ian. As you grieve, know that we are remembering and honoring him. Waterloo Air Traffic Control Tower"

Eldon Jr. and Debbie Ballenger wrote on Jun 30, 2020:

"Julie, Dave and all of Ian's Family, Debbie and I are so very sorry for your loss...Please take care during this sad time... Eldon Jr. and Debbie Ballenger"

Jennifer wrote on Jun 29, 2020:

"Mel, Tim, Julie, Cindy, Matt - We are so sorry for your loss. Ian protected others doing what he loved & he continues to look over & protect all of you. Sending you all love. Jennifer Schnedler & Family"

Douglas Ricklefs wrote on Jun 29, 2020:

"So sorry to hear about your loss he was too young my condolences to all the Barnhart family, love doug Ricklefs "

Lois Weggen Bevan Powell wrote on Jun 28, 2020:

"Julie, Melody and Tim I am sorry to learn of the death of your son and grandson. I pray your memories of Ian bring you comfort and peace at this sad time. Lois Weggen Bevan Powell"

Jeni Knox wrote on Jun 28, 2020:

"We?re so deeply sorry for the loss of your son. Sending prayers for peace and comfort. Mark & Jeni Knox"

Kim Hols wrote on Jun 27, 2020:

"Sorry for your loss, Ian was our neighbor down the street and our granddaughter Addison sure did love him , every time we drove by his house on the way home she would say there?s Ian?s house....he would always stop and say ?hi? when walking his dog . Addison would say? sometimes Benji would knock me down buts that?s ok I love playing with him? Praying for you all, Loren,Kim,Cody,Kaeli and Andrew Hols"

Kirk Hahnbaum wrote on Jun 27, 2020:

"Sorry for your lose. Prayers to you guys. I notice his great grandparents name. If Laura was a Hinimister that was my Grandma Hahnbaum's sister."

Minerva Mullins wrote on Jun 27, 2020:

"Minnie and myself are sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. Ian was such a good kid. My prayers are with you and your family."

Rickey Vance wrote on Jun 27, 2020:

"RIP thank you for your service prayers for the family and friends. "

Gina Dexter wrote on Jun 27, 2020:

"Ian was my language arts student 12 years ago at L&M. I was thrown when he friend requested me a short while back - he had grown up so much I didn't recognize him for a moment. I will never forget his sense of humor and the fun he brought to the classroom. He was a special kid, and he will be missed....Gina Dexter"

Cheryl Benson wrote on Jun 27, 2020:

"I never met Ian, but I live in Oskaloosa and wanted to extend my sympathies to Ian's family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss."