William James Barnes, aka James Barnes, aka Kybor Barnes, aka Kybor Dalen, 86, formerly of Forest Park, died on Oct. 24, 2019 in Peoria, Arizona. Born on Sept. 25, 1933 in Chicago to Harry Barnes and Marie Greenleaf, James lived in a variety of locations throughout his life, including the Chicago area and in Forest Park while growing up.
He married Lorraine on July 2, 1955 and the couple had two children but divorced around 1966. When married, he and his children lived mostly in the San Francisco Bay area during the 1960s, including Orinda, Lafayette, and Sausalito, as well as Ukiah, California. Along with his two children, he moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1970, where he remained for many years until eventually moving to Arizona in the Tucson, Payson, and Phoenix areas in his retirement years.
He had many artistic talents including, dance, art, sculpture, and writing. He was a hairdresser for many years and had a business in Orinda called “The Pink Door.” Later in his career, he was a chef in Sitka as well as on the Alaska Marine Highway system. His love of cooking inspired him to begin writing a detailed and voluminous reference book on food ingredients and dishes, which he regretted he never completed.
No funeral or public service is scheduled. James wished to be cremated. A private memorial and dispersal of his ashes by close family members is planned for the near future. The family would like to thank caregivers and staff at Immanuel Campus of Care in Peoria, Arizona for their care of James.