Danny Barnes was a fun-loving, energetic young man whose smile could light up a room, his family and friends said.
“Danny lived his life as if he knew he would never be old,” said his aunt, Tammy Boblink. “(He) was always on to the next adventure and didn’t like to stay in one place for too long.”
Daniel Barnes, 27, of Valparaiso, died Feb. 28. He had attended Portage High School and enjoyed working with his father in the heating and cooling business.
“I taught him the HVAC trade and he worked with me and my crew often,” said his father, Michael Taylor. “He was funny and he loved to pull pranks on the other guys. Everyone had fun when they worked with him.”
He loved the beach, and loved to go fishing with his uncles. He loved his 5-year-old son, Kameron, and loved spending time with his niece and nephew.
“Danny had the biggest heart in the world,” said his girlfriend, Danielle Sams. “He treated my daughter Hailey like she was his. He always made me laugh and smile.”
His uncle, Bill Barnes, said his nephew had a magnetic charm and a giant personality.
“Danny smiled with his mouth, his eyes and his heart,” he said. “His laugh was contagious, and you laughed with him.”
His mother, Kerri Barnes, said her son brought her much joy and unconditional love.
“Danny brought me so much joy, and he put light in my life that will never go away,” she said. “I will forever miss those big brown eyes and his beautiful smile.”