Herbert James Barndt, 79, of Pottstown, husband of Jane Cate (Ayres) Barndt, passed away on Thursday November 21, 2019 at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia after a brief illness.
Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Herbert Elledge and Frances (Harr) Barndt.
Herb was a graduate of Pottstown High School. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church and an active Deacon. He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Textile Engineering. Upon graduation Herb served in the United States Air Force for four years before becoming a professor at Philadelphia College of Textiles & Sciences (now Thomas Jefferson University) where he educated students for over 50 years. While at Textile, he received his master’s degree from Clemson University. Herb continued to serve the Air Force in the Reserves for an additional 16 years and retired with the rank of Major. He was recognized throughout his career, including receiving the Teacher of the Year by the university and the Liberty Bell award from the city of Philadelphia. Herb was an expert in his field and consulted on projects with the industry throughout his career. He also provided expert advice for removing stains on fabrics, writing two books and earning the name, “Dr. Spot.” Herb loved trains – both large and small, building models, camping with family and friends, cooking, traveling the world, visiting national parks and most of all spending time with his wife and family.
Surviving along with his wife Jane of 57 years, are his children Stan Barndt, husband of Kim; Mary Richardson, wife of Orlando Serani; Michael Barndt, partner of Karen Bonventre; grandchildren Jillian Rose Barndt, Allen Joseph Barndt, Russell James Barndt, 2nd Lt. Matthew Alden Richardson, Sabrina Alessandra Serani, and William Ayres Richardson.
On Tuesday, November 26 visitation will be held at First Presbyterian Church (750 N Evans St, Pottstown, PA 19464) from 9:30AM – 10:45AM. The memorial service will begin at 11:00 AM with a luncheon immediately following in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Herb’s honor to the Memorial Fund of the First Presbyterian Church.

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