Published: 1:56 pm, Sun. Apr. 22nd, 2018Updated: 1:54 pm
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Mid Valley Baptist Church in Durham, Calif., for Barney Early Laman of Chico, Calif.
Laman, 99, longtime resident of the Artesia/Cottonwood area, went to be with his Lord Sunday, April 15, 2018, at his home.
Military burial will follow the services at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico.
Visitation with family will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Brusie Funeral Home of Chico.
Barney was born Jan. 7, 1919, in Sanderson, Texas, to Willie Jackson “WJ” and Loudie Edith (Brown) Laman.
Following World War II, he married Lucille Brown, and the couple had four children: Brenda, Randy, Hazel Jean and Robert “Bob” McIntyre.
Barney proudly served in the U.S. Army with the 7th Infantry Division, Company A of the 17th Regiment and First Battalion, referred to as the Hourglass Division, as a gunner in the weapons platoon for four years, eight months, and four days. He earned the rank of sergeant and fought in the final battle of World War II in Okinawa. Earlier in the war, Barney was wounded in the ankle by a Japanese sniper while on the Island of Leyte. He was awarded many medals of honor, including the Purple Heart.
Barney worked for Diamond International in Chico from April 10, 1951, to 1984, the last man to retire before the company sold to Louisiana Pacific.
He was an active member of the Mid Valley Baptist Church of Durham, serving from usher to deacon. He was also an avid gardener.
Barney was an accomplished musician, playing stand-up bass and mandolin. He left Artesia before the war with three brothers – Aubrey, Roy and Vernon – to play music in California, playing with various bands, including their own band, The Western Pals. The group played on a radio program with West Jack Moreland. Barney went on to play in his church and many nursing homes.
He was wonderful with a pen and paper. He kept the postman busy delivering his many letters to loved ones and friends. Barney is now attending his final reunion in Heaven. He will be missed by all.
Survivors include sons Randy Laman of the home and Bob McIntyre and wife Marsha of Chico; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers Vernon (Benham) and Dub Laman, both of Artesia; sisters Hazel Brown of Comanche, Texas, Loma Ranne of Llano, Texas, and Betty Fern Pelts of San Marcos, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lucille; daughters Brenda and Hazel Jean; brothers Aubrey, Roy, Grover and Cecil Laman; and sister Gladys Valeta Laman.