Kyle D. Barnes, 59, a retired Foreign Service officer, died of cancer Friday at Holy Cross Hospital.

At the time of his retirement in 1973, he was a budget analyst in the South American offices at the State Department here.

Born in New Albany, Miss., Mr. Barnes came to Washington in 1938 and worked in the communications office of the FBI.

During World War II, he served with the Navy Air Corps and then with the Merchant Marine.

He returned to Washington at the end of the war, worked for the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, earned an associate degree from George Washington University and then joined the State Department, doing budget and management work.

Mr. Barnes became a member of the Foreign Service in 1954. He served as an administrative office at the American embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in Rio de Janeiro, Braxil, and in Sao Paulo, remaining there until 1965.

Mr. Barnes then was reassigned to the State Department in Washington and to the position he held until retirement.

He was a member of the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella R. Barnes, of the home in Silver Spring; a son, Bruce D., of Silver Spring; his mother, Ludie Barnes and a brother, Pervis, both of Estill Springs, Tenn., and a sister, Mavis Zee, of Tucson, Ariz.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.