April 1, 1948 — July 29, 2021
Barry John Magnuson passed away on July 29, 2021, at home in Kelso, Washington. He was born on April 1, 1948, to Leonard Godfrey Magnuson and Betty Jean Magnuson, both preceding him in death. Barry is survived by two brothers, Bruce (Cleone) Magnuson of Green Valley, Arizona, and Brian (Maria) Magnuson of Longview. He also had a sister, Babette Mattia, who preceded him in death in 2010. Barry also is survived by his two daughters, Shelley Magnuson of Kelso and Sherry Magnuson-Reilly of Kelso. He leaves behind five grandchildren, Maullie (Ryan) Williams, Kamron (Kelsea) Cosgrove, Noah (Jazmin) Reilly, John Reilly and Alex Reilly. He has 7 great-grandchildren, Navin, Neah, Nala, Karson, Aticus, Izannah and Owen. He also has two grandchildren from a previous marriage, Mackenzie and Kayden.
Barry grew up in the Cowlitz Garden neighborhood and graduated from Kelso High School in 1966. He attended college in Portland, Oregon and started his first cabinet shop behind his parents’ home. As a young adult he refereed many college basketball games and loved going to coin shows.
While his children were young, he was a faithful member of Kelso First Assembly of God and then later became an active member at New Horizons in Kelso. He loved doing wood work and was known for his beautiful cabinetry all over the country. He opened Custom Built Furniture in Kelso and then moved to a larger facility in Longview which he named American Cabinet Concepts (ACC). Barry always was a Chevy man. He loved to restore 1950s Chevys and take them to local car shows. He was a member of the Solid Rock Cruisers and loved sharing his cars with all those around him. He restored several cars over the years and put the same attention to detail that he did into his cabinets.
Barry leaves behind many friends and family, but those who knew him know he is where he wants to be. He lived his life serving God and was never ashamed to talk about his faith or his church. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at New Horizons Church, 405 North 19th Avenue, Kelso.