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Dwight Barnes, 85

Dwight Barnes, age 85, former Cokato photography business owner, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, after a short illness.

His funeral service will take place Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at First Covenant Church in Willmar, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the funeral.

Born and raised in Appleton, Dwight established a photography business with his wife, Lois, in Cokato in 1953.

He moved his photography business to Willmar in 1967, where he specialized in wedding, family, school and graduation photos.

He also served as president of the Minnesota Professional Photographers Association and was instrumental in creating the World Congress of Professional Photographers association, where he served as president for 10 years.

During his travels with the world photography organization, Dwight discovered the joy of eating high-quality European chocolates. Taking a leap of faith, Barnes studied the art of making chocolates in Antwerp, Belgium, as an apprentice under Hans Burie, a chocolatier that he had befriended in his travels.

When he was 56, Dwight opened Mr. B’s Chocolates in the same downtown Willmar building that housed his photography studio.

He retired from photography eight years ago, and at the same time, sold his chocolate business to his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Steve Hanson.

Dwight is survived by his wife, Beverly; five sons; six daughters; 21 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois; a brother; and a grandson.

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