Ethel M. Barnick

Ethel M. Barnick, 85, Washburn, died Sept. 29, 2013, in a Bismarck hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the Washburn Baptist Church, with Pastor Rick Torkelson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Goetz Funeral Home, Washburn, and will continue one hour before services on Friday at the church. Interment will be held in Riverview Cemetery, Washburn.

Ethel was born Jan. 30, 1928, in Harvey, the daughter of Everett and Olga (Anderson) Cash. She attended school in Harvey, Velva and Towner. Ethel graduated from Towner High School in 1946. She worked at the Red Owl Store in Velva. She moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1946, where she married John Hales, and to this marriage a daughter, Kathy, was born. John and Ethel divorced and she moved to Washburn, where her father was a police officer.

Ethel married Theodore “Ted” Barnick on April 10, 1951, in Moorhead, Minn. They owned and operated the first John Deere dealership in Washburn. Ted and Ethel also farmed near Washburn and Max. The dealership burned down in the 1970s. They continued to farm until retiring in the 1990s.

Ethel was a member of the Washburn Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities. She was also a member of the Sakakawea Homemakers Club.

She is survived by: her daughter, Kathy (Dean) Dietz, of Washburn; a daughter-in-law, Elaine Barnick, of Washburn; a son-in-law, Gary Sweckard, of Duluth, Minn.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Everett Ray (Donna) Cash, of Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ted, in 1998; son, Jay Barnick; daughter, Nancy Sweckard; brother, Russell Cash; and a sister, Doris Dietrich.

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Arrangements with Goetz Funeral Home, Washburn.