Funeral services for Terry Barnhart, 68 year old former Buffalo Chief of Police who passed away Friday at the Johnson County Healthcare Center, will be held Tuesday, November 29th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Big Horn Baptist Church with Bishop Vernon Strickland officiating. Visitation will be held at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Willow Grove Cemetery with military graveside rites. Donations may be made in Terry’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Fund, the Wyoming Trap Shooters Association, and the Wyoming Peace Officers Association in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Terry Barnhart was born November 15, 1943 in Iowa Falls, Iowa to Wes and Darlene Barnhart. He attended a one room country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1961. Terry joined the U.S. Army in 1963 and was deployed to Turkey. Upon his return he joined the Iowa Falls Police Department and began a notable career that lasted thirty two years as a police officer and an additional eight with the Federal Law Enforcement organization, the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN). He met Linda White who became his wife in 1974 and three years later relocated with their four boys to Buffalo, Wyoming. He became Chief of Police in 1983, retiring after a distinguished career in 1999. His noteworthy accomplishments included; President of the Wyoming Peace Officers Association (WPOA), appointment by Governor Mike Sullivan to two commissions for training and Alcohol /Drug Enforcement and in 1994 was appointed as an Honorary Deputy U.S. Marshall.
Barnhart was an avid trap shooter and a Life Member of the WPOA of Amateur Trapshooting, a member of the NRA and held the position as President of the Wyoming Trap Shooting Association from 1993-1998, was entered into the Hall of Fame in 2000, and President at the Buffalo Trap and Skeet Club from 1986 – 2009.
Terry is survived by his wife Linda of Buffalo, Wyoming; four sons: Dean Barnhart and his wife Holly of Everett, Washington, Michael Barnhart and his wife Tracy of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, David White of Mason City, Iowa, and Gary White and his wife Melissa, of Buffalo, Wyoming; three brothers: Matt Barnhart of Alden, Iowa, Danny Barnhart of Iowa Falls, Iowa, and Jason Barnhart of Iowa Falls, Iowa; and one sister, Darla Humphrey of Iowa Falls, Iowa, and twelve grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents.