Lyle Barkley

Lyle R. Barkley, 89, passed away Jan. 22 at Pearl Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing in Gowrie.

Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at the United Methodist Church, Gowrie, with Pastor Susan Rohden officiating.

Burial was in the Gowrie Twp. Cemetery, with military rites conducted by American Legion Peterson Post 431 of Gowrie. Visitation was held Jan. 26 at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie, with a Masonic Rite service. 

Memorials may be left to the family discretion.

He is survived by his daughter, Ann (Patrick) Cunningham, of Paton; sons Tom (Sara) Barkley, of West Des Moines, and Bill (Anne) Barkley, of Fort Dodge; grandchildren: Matthew (Sara) Cunningham, Katherine (David) Palmer, Maureen (Philip) Jacoby, Kimberly (Christopher) Joliet, Heath (Mandy) Barkley, Leslie (Brian) Washington, Mandie (Tyler) Jordison, Keegan (Katie Haines) Barkley, Amy (Wesley) Castro, Cale (Kenzie) Barkley; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy; parents Fred and Minnie (Johnson) Barkley; brothers Fred Barkley Jr. and Harold Barkley; and sister Neva Fogleman.

Lyle R. Barkley was born July 30, 1930, in Orilla, Warren County. Lyle was raised and educated in Gowrie and graduated from Gowrie High School with the class of 1949.  

On Feb. 4, 1951, he was united in marriage to Peggy Miller at the United Methodist Church, Gowrie. They were the first couple married in the present church in the basement.

In 1951, Lyle served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953, attaining the rank of corporal. 

He returned home and continued to farm until 1982. The couple moved into Gowrie and Lyle worked for Bruntlett Elevator until his retirement in 1995. Lyle continued to help his son-in-law Pat farm, and also worked as outside custodian at the church.

Lyle was an active member of the United Methodist Church, Rose Lodge 506 and American Legion Peterson Post 431.

After his retirement, Lyle began woodworking and created and donated more than 30,000 wooden toys to the Child Life Center at Blank Children’s Hospital.

Lyle received the 2019 Legionnaire of the Year award for the state of Iowa. He was the recipient of the Hero’s of the Heartland Brushy Creek Area, and the grand marshal of the 2018 Fourth of July parade in Gowrie.

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