Kristopher Barnes

Kristopher Barnes, 32, Minot, died Thursday, March 20, 2014, from injuries sustained in a work-related incident near Killdeer.

Kristopher “Kris” Monte Barnes was born on Dec. 5, 1981, a son of Monte and Karen (Zabolotny) Barnes, in Minot. He attended grade school at Perkett Elementary School and graduated from Minot High School in 2000. He furthered his education by attending college in Alexandria, Minn., and later Minot State University.

In 2004, while working at Applebee’s, Kristopher met Terri Melin. They were united in marriage on June 29, 2007. They made their home in Minot, where Kristopher began working for Ensign Energy Services in August 2008. He worked his way from floor hand, to driller, the position he had held for the past year.

Kristopher enjoyed motorcycles, especially motocross racing. He competed for the first time at the age of 7, when he became state champion. Every year, they would travel to Millville, Minn., for the Spring Creek PRO/AM National MX event. He also enjoyed downhill snow skiing, cross country skiing, fishing and watching the University of North Dakota and New York Rangers hockey.

His greatest times were the ones spent with his family and their dog “Frisky.” He loved his wife very much and every moment spent with his three children and her was cherished. He especially loved taking Keegan on skiing trips, tinkering in the garage with “Sky-guy” and snuggling with “Brookie-Bear.” Kris was a true family man and would do anything for his friends and family.

Kristopher is survived by: wife, Terri, Minot; children, Keegan, 10, Skyler, 3, and Brooke, 19 months, all of Minot; parents, Monte Barnes, Minot, Karen Barnes, Minot; brother, Michael Barnes, Killdeer; maternal grandmother, Bernel Zabolotny, Killdeer; mother-in-law, Karen Melin, Kenmare; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gerard (Cindy) Melin, Minot, Paula Melin and Cory Wentz, Bismarck; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Kristopher was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Anton Zabolotny; and his paternal grandparents, Engus and Lillian Barnes; and a cousin, Jeff Schaller.

Funeral service: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church, Minot.

Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Monday, March 24, from noon to 6 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

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