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Chadwick E. Barnes, MD

October 22, 1981 - July 12, 2022

Dr. Chadwick E. Barnes, 40, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Columbus and Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away on July 12, 2022. He was born on Oct. 22, 1981, in Livingston, N.J., to Gregory William and Deirdre Lynn (Aljian) Barnes.

He graduated from Fredericktown High School in Fredericktown in 2000, where he was co-valedictorian of his class, played clarinet in the marching band and participated in cross-country and ski club. Following high school, he attended Kent State University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in integrated life sciences. He found a lot of joy as a student driving the campus bus at Kent State University before studying medicine at Northeast Ohio College of Medicine, where he graduated in 2006. He went on to complete an internal medicine residency in 2009, and nephrology fellowship in 2011, at The Ohio State University in Columbus. He was dual board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

He was introduced to his wife, Shannon Hilton, by his sister Whitney in 2002. In August 2011, Chad, Shannon, Whitney and their little brown dog Chubby completed a cross-country drive in a Nissan Maxima to relocate to Anchorage, where Chad and Shannon currently reside. Chad began his career as a physician in Anchorage with the Kidney Hypertension Clinic of Alaska.

On June 18, 2016, Chad married Shannon, and they soon welcomed two sons. Graham Edward was born on March 27, 2019, and Nolan Jackson on June 15, 2022. Also left to cherish his memory are his parents; sister, Whitney Barnes (Kim Klesse); as well as many relatives and friends near and far. Preceded in death are his grandparents, Edward and Florence Aljian and Frances and Lucille Barnes.

Chad was a dedicated family man. He loved being a husband and a father. He was also very close with his parents, sister, grandparents and extended family.

Chad lived a short, but full life. He went by many names including Doctor, Chaddie, Papa and Hubs during his time. He loved to watch sports, particularly Ohio State football and any car races. Chad enjoyed weekly soccer games, hiking, running, skiing, camping with his family and traveling. He had a standing annual date at the Indy 500 with many friends. He was very curious and enjoyed the satisfaction of working with his hands, a trait he was teaching his sons. One of Chad's biggest loves in life was cars, a proud member of the Arctic Alaska Region of the Sports Car Club of America, where he was currently serving as the Regional Executive. He was a calm but fierce autocross competitor in his Miata named "Stormy." He also enjoyed participating in rally cross as well as racing his rusty Subaru on Big Lake in the winter. He spent many hours in his garage tinkering with his sons or teaching them how to properly wash a car. Most often he could be found under the hood of a car. Chad was always willing to offer advice, guidance and get his hands dirty for someone in need.

Chad's life passion was in medicine, specifically nephrology. He enjoyed problem solving and helping Alaskans lead healthier lives. He loved the unique environment of practicing in Alaska and traveling to different clinics throughout the state. Chad and Shannon spent their honeymoon in Guatemala on a medical mission trip through Refuge International, where they went on to serve on many more trips together. He believed that when you have a gift you have a responsibility to be generous with that gift. He enjoyed mentoring in medicine and car racing. He had an unmatched ambition and curiosity. Chad was silly, meticulous, steadfast, patient, kind, compassionate, calm and generous with his time and love. He loved life and filled every minute of life with meaning. He will be tremendously missed by those who knew him and we will hold him in our hearts forever.

Chad was able to fulfill his final wish of being an organ donor, to continue to help others live on.

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