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Kenneth Barkie
November 18, 1954 - April 17, 2017

Residence: Williston, North Dakota

Kenneth Barkie, 62, of Williston, ND, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND. His funeral arrangements are with Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston.

Kenny was born in Williston to Sam and Delores (Justice) Barkie. He was 1 of 5 kids whom all shared a common love for their moms cooking and their dads quiet strength. He was educated at St. Joe's School and in 2nd grade he met his one true love, Valerie. Never could the two of them have imagined the life and decades of love they would share that day on the playground.

His wandering spirit led him to many places and many jobs throughout his teenage years. If asked, one of his most proud accomplishments would be the Motorcycle Club he helped found, The United Savages.

In 1977 Kenny and Valerie made their fairy-tale love official at St Joe's Church. Soon after they were married they welcomed their first born, Nadine. Kenny's heart swelled at the sight of his little girl and the time he got to spend with her in between his days off while working at Wisco. Not long after came Carianne, Sammy and Sarah. They loved the days when their daddy came home in his big work truck because it always meant he would be home for a few days to spoil them rotten. Soon after their youngest was born, Valerie converted over to First Baptist Church where all of their children were brought up. Kenny couldn't help but see the desire and devotion his family had for Jesus and soon followed suit. He accepted Jesus into his heart and soon after was baptized. His family takes incredible comfort in knowing they will one day get to see him again.

Kenny had a passion for working with his hands and decided that he would put that into a new career of laying carpet after he left the oilfield. His work in this led him to many new friendships and his ability to do the job so well was never a surprise to those who knew him as he was an absolute perfectionist in all he did.

Kenny had an affinity for cooking, much like his mother, and his favorite way of showing love to those around him was to cook a meal for them. If not in his garage tinkering around on an old car, motorcycle or a small project, you could find him in the kitchen working on a new recipe. He knew all of his family's favorites and always made sure to have something in the oven when one of them came home.

Kenny was a quiet and simple man. He had the strength of an Ox and never could take a day off. He loved his family fiercely, especially his grandchildren. He loved to share his passion for cars with his oldest, Joseph and looked forward to every summer when the boys would come visit from Connecticut. The memories made and shared between he and his 3 older grandsons will forever be cherished. In 2012 God blessed Kenny and Val with their first granddaughter, Piper. Never before had Kenny experienced a love like the one he shared with his "Piper Baby". He would have hung the moon for her. They were the best of friends and rarely went a day without seeing one another. Kenny's latest project was teaching his youngest grand baby, Aesoph, how to walk. He was sure he would be able to accomplish this within just days. Although he had a strong stoic exterior, he would love for his grand babies to cuddle up with him and watch tv or share a bowl of ice cream.

Kenny is preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Delores Barkie.

He leaves behind his wife, Valerie, 4 children, Nadine (Neal) Haverlock (Williston, ND), Carianne (Andrew) Lirot (Higganum, Connecticut), Sammy Barkie (Williston, ND), Sarah (Colby) Hernandez (Billings, MT) and 5 Grandchildren, Joseph, Talon, William, Piper and Aesoph. His sisters Rebecca Womack, Tami Barkie and Jodi Ennen and honorary sister, Trina Knibbs all from Williston as well as his brother, Kalil Barkie of (Polson, Mt,) Uncle Joe Barkie (Williston, ND), several cousins and close friends. Last but most certainly not least are his 6 favorite fur grand-babies, Rudiger, Peatree, Finnigan, Lula, Baxter and Keno.

Memorial Contribution
Memorials and Donations to help cover medical expenses should be made to Kenneth's benefit account at First National Bank. Thank you

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Dean and Paula Martinez, USAF-Retired (Prescott, Arizona)
Apr 19, 2017
Paula and I with Fr. Darin for our 25th
Our Hearts are heavy as mom had called me yesterday to let me know about Kenny. Val you and the kids will be in our thoughts and prayers, Kali, Becky, Tami, Jodi you also will be in out thoughts and prayers also, as Kenny is with Auntie Delores, and Uncle Sammy. May Gods face shine upon you all and bring you comfort during this most difficult time.
Mark and Rita Whittaker (Zap , ND.)
Apr 19, 2017
Rest In Peace Brother Sending Hugs and prayers to the family so so sorry for your loss
John and Rosie Ough (Watford City, ND)
Apr 19, 2017
Val and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May Almighty God bring you the peace and comfort only He can provide. Draw strength from The Lord, your family and friends, and your memories. Remembering Kenny from our childhood. He will be greatly missed.
John and Rosie Ough
Dale Mischke (williston)
Apr 19, 2017
Worked with Kenny in the oilfield great guy ! RIP till we me again !
Pat Buck (Williston, ND)
Apr 19, 2017
My thoughts and prayers to your family. May your memories of good times keep you going during this time.
Chantel (allard) Puckett (Hazen , Nd )
Apr 19, 2017
So sorry for you loss. Prayers and thoughts to you all
Craig and Rena Helberg (Williston, ND)
Apr 19, 2017
We got to know Kenny when he worked concrete with John C. A real nice fellow. Our condolences to his family.
Ron and Tanya Lukenbill (Helena, Montana)
Apr 20, 2017
Dear Val and the extended Barkie family,
Our thoughts and prayers of comfort and strength are with each of you during this time. Let the goodness of Kenny stay with you always and may he Rest In Peace. Love and hugs, Cousin Ron and Tanya
Jim & Karen & Family (Rio Linda, Calif)
Apr 20, 2017
Val & the Barkie family, We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss of Kenny. He will be in our Hearts forever! We will remember the good times when we were with him. Love cousin Jim & Karen
Dorine McNary
Apr 20, 2017
Nadine, Piper, Daddy, Grandma and Family, My heart is broken for you. I know Grandpa will be so dearly missed. You are in my prayers for comfort and peace. May God richly bless your precious memories. Sending love and hugs and prayers.
Diana Rabbe (Williston, ND)
Apr 20, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and strength in his memories
Mark and Patti Stewart (Williston , ND)
Apr 20, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Jim Gregory (Seattle, WA)
Apr 20, 2017
Val, Nadine, Carianne, Sammy, and Sarah,
I got to know Kenny when you all came to Seattle and stayed with us. I enjoyed the evening we spent on the deck as a family. Your dad was a funny man and interesting to visit with. I am so glad I had the chance to know him. I admired his strength in stepping outside his comfort zone to be with his family. I know that sometimes I have to do the same. His family was very important to him. Find comfort in all the good memories and find peace in all the love your family shares. Uncle Jim
Jeanne Smith Knudsvig/Bonnie Smith
Apr 20, 2017
Tami & Barkie Family
My prayers & thoughts are with all of you during this time. May you keep Kenny's memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead...
Sincere Sympathy,
Jeanne & Bonnie
Donna Lou Martinez (Bozeman, Montana)
Apr 21, 2017
Our condolences for your loss, he left us too soon.
Tami Skurupey (Hayden, Id)
Apr 21, 2017
My prayers and love to Val and kids, Kelly Becky Tami Jodi my heart felt thoughts to you all for your loss . my memories of your whole family go back over 50 years great mom and dad great kids and friens wonderful wife and family with Val . Kenny will not be forgotten and you all are in our prayers and God is with him now and will be with you all.
Lorraine (Sturgis, SD)
Apr 21, 2017
Val, children and grandchildren,
my heart goes out to you all. love you all
prayers and hugs
Dick and Bobbi Wendt (Williston, ND)
Apr 21, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate Kenny's life.
Gene Storbakken
Apr 21, 2017
Tami and family, I am sorry for your great loss! May your family find peace!
Nancy and John Stoll (Bothell, WA)
Apr 21, 2017
Our hearts are heavy for all of you. We are sending our love and support from Seattle and wish we could be there to hug you and give you strength. Love you all! Rest easy Kenny.
Nick Andal (Seattle, WA)
Apr 21, 2017
Sending my love to the Barkie family. -Nick
Kevin Anderson (Tulsa, OK)
Apr 22, 2017
To Kenny's Family,
I can't remember when I first met Kenny, but it seems like I knew him since grade school. I always remember his infectious smile and laugh.

I hadn't seen him in many years, but the years appear to have been good to him. I am pleased to learn of his life as a father and grandfather.

May he be with you all the rest of your days.

Kevin Anderson
WHS Class of '73
Alfred McGillis (Sedro Woolley, WA)
Apr 23, 2017
Barkie Families:
Once again a "Dear Friend/Loved One" leaves us at a much too early time in our lives.
Kenny was a great friend for many years, whenever or wherever a person met we shared stories & laughter.
You are all in my "Thoughts & Prayers"
"It's Never Goodbye, But We'll See You Later" !!!
Alan D. Iverson (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Apr 23, 2017
R.I.P.Kenny
mary(Snider)Kleppen (williston, North Dakota)
Apr 23, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about Kenny. There are so many memories we all have to cherish. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
Christ Anderson (Williston , ND)
Apr 23, 2017
I have known Kenny for many years. I'm sorry for your loss prayers to the family. RIP
Connie Johnston (Bowbells, ND)
Apr 24, 2017
Sending prayers and extending deepest Sympathy to the family of Kenneth Barkie! So sorry for your loss. Treasure the good memories!
Laurie Flexhaug (Denver, CO)
Apr 24, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Val, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
Bob and Anita Radermacher (Fargo, ND)
Apr 25, 2017
So sorry for your loss Sam, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Sheri Mahlke (Fargo, N.D.)
Apr 25, 2017
My heart goes out to you all. Sending Love, Light, and Comfort your way. <3 ~~~
Brian and Sheila Haaland (Williston, ND)
Apr 25, 2017
We are sorry for your loss of Kenny. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
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