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Death investigation continues as victim is laid to rest

The Illinois State Police are continuing with their investigation into the arrest, and death of 62-year-old Roy Barnhardt of Buckner. The Illinois State Police are continuing with their investigation into the arrest, and death of 62-year-old Roy Barnhardt of Buckner.
The argument took place in front of the Buckner Community Hall, and moved across Main Street and into a yard in front of Louise Latham's house. The argument took place in front of the Buckner Community Hall, and moved across Main Street and into a yard in front of Louise Latham's house.
The Buckner police officer and an officer from Christopher Police Department responded to the initial call on the argument. The Buckner police officer and an officer from Christopher Police Department responded to the initial call on the argument.
BUCKNER, IL (KFVS) -

The Illinois State Police are continuing with their investigation into the arrest, and death of 62-year-old Roy Barnhardt of Buckner.

On the evening of July 7, witnesses say that Barnhardt got into an argument with an unidentified woman over the ownership of a cargo utility trailer.

The argument took place in front of the Buckner Community Hall, and moved across Main Street and into a yard in front of Louise Latham's house.

She is the former wife of Barnhardt, they were married for nine years.

"He was famous for his peanut butter pie; and his famous baked beans," said Latham. "His baked beans were to die for, they were really good."

Police say after Barnhardt was arrested, and then taken to the Franklin County Hospital.

"I took his wife Sue to the hospital. And they found that his brain was bleeding. They life-flighted him to Saint Louis University Hospital," Latham said.

That is where Barnhardt was pronounced dead. The Illinois State Police are now looking into whether or not certain details about his death were withheld.

The Buckner police officer and an officer from Christopher Police Department responded to the initial call on the argument.

Now the Buckner officer has been suspended pending the outcome of the ISP investigation, or disciplinary action.

"He had a pacemaker, he was diabetic and disabled," said Latham.

Barnhardt also served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was instrumental in getting a Veterans Monument in his hometown of Buckner.

He was laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon surrounded by his family and friends.

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