Truman Barnes

Truman Anson "Tru" Barnes Jr.

Thursday, July 30th, 1953 - Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
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Truman Anson Barnes, Jr. 65, of Hampstead, MD passed away on June 23, 2019. Born July 30, 1953 in Kansas City, MO, he was the son of the late Carl and Helen (Masters) Johnson, and the devoted husband of Becky Ritterhouse.

Tru was a Medieval History buff. He was a skilled craftsman, creating chainmail and suits of armor as an active member of the Society of Creative Anachronism, Inc. He was a noted cook and could cater to a large crowds. Tru was a talented jewelry maker and calligrapher and enjoyed creating illuminated texts. His family and friends remember him as a "cheerleader" always encouraging those around him to try new things, and "make their own history”. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Tru is survived by his loving wife Becky Ritterhouse of Hampstead, MD; daughter, India Brinkerhoff of North Pole, AK; two sisters: Rita Barnes of Leavenworth, KS, Virginia Frantz of Leavenworth, KS; two brothers:: Raymond Barnes of Leavenworth, KS, Carl Johnson of Leavenworth, KS; uncle, Jerry Masters of St Louis, MO; two grandsons, Dakota Roderick (and wife, Julia) of Catonsville, MD, Brock Roderick of Salisbury, MD; granddaughter, Elizabeth Roderick of North Pole, AK and great-granddaughter, Aurora Roderick of Catonsville, MD.

A celebration of Truman's life will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm at the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department Activities Hall - 3297 York Street, Manchester, MD.
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    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 |
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019
    Manchester Fire Department Activities Building
    3297 York Street
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    A Celebration of Truman's Life Will Take Place From 1:00pm - 7:00pm.

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Alexander de Burdegala

Posted at 08:14pm
I only met Master Chirhart 5 years ago at my first Pennsic. I remember him as a kind soul overflowing with knowledge that he loved to share with any and all. He was patient and soft spoken and genuinely concerned with the well being of those around him. The world would be a better place if we had more like him. I will always remember his smile and laugh and his great cooking and guidance.

Cordelia fitzRobert

Posted at 12:24pm
The feasts have improved dramatically in heaven since your arrival, my friend. you are missed.

Amy Nardone

Posted at 03:46pm
I met Truman (I will always think of him as Chirhart) in 2011 at my first SCA event. Him and his wife were the first Baron and Baroness that I had the pleasure of getting to know in this hobby and I really enjoyed his company. I had endless conversations with him on the phone, sometimes lasting three hours and we would talk about everything! I will really miss him, and I think heaven has definitely gained a new angel.

Shannon Bennett

Posted at 07:16am
I met Chirhart when I was seventeen years old. He and Bec welcomed me into their lives and always treated me like a valued member of their household. When my children came along they welcomed them in too. Chirhart left an impression on everyone he met. The waves of his passing will be felt for years to come. I am a different person because i knew him and I’m sure many others will say the same. May God hold you in the palm of his hand until we meet again my friend.

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