James ‘Kybor’ Barnes Dies; Former Sitkan was Age 86

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Created on Friday, 25 October 2019 16:27
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William James Barnes

William James Barnes, also known as James Barnes, Kybor Barnes, and Kybor Dalen, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Peoria, Arizona, at the age of 86.
James is survived by his children, Mark and Brady Barnes, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Marie Barnes of Forest Park, Illinois; his brothers Harry and Philip Barnes; and his ex-wife, Lorraine.
James was born on Sept. 25, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, to Harry Barnes and Marie Greenleaf.  He married Lorraine on July 2, 1955, had they had two children, Mark and Brady.
They divorced around 1966.
James lived in a variety of locations throughout his life, including in the Chicago area (including Forest Park) while growing up. James and his children lived mostly in the San Francisco Bay area during the 1960s (including Orinda, Lafayette and Sausalito) as well as Ukiah, California in 1968-1970.
James, along with his two children, moved to Sitka in 1970, where he remained for many years until moving to Arizona (Tucson, Payson, and the Phoenix area) in his retirement years.
James had many artistic talents including, dance, art, sculpture, and writing. He was a hairdresser for many years, including in Sitka, and had a business in Orinda called “The Pink Door.”
Later in his career he was a chef in Sitka as well as on the Alaska Marine Highway system.  His love of cooking inspired him to begin writing a detailed and voluminous reference book on food ingredients and dishes, which he regretted he never completed.
No funeral or public service is scheduled.  James wished to be cremated.  A private memorial and dispersal of his ashes by close family members is planned for the near future.
The family would like to thank caregivers and staff at Immanuel Campus of Care in Peoria, for their care of James.