Barkley, Charles Henry (March 15, 1915 - August 6, 2008)

Charles Henry Barkley


Douglas Budget - August 13, 2008

Funeral services for Charles Henry Barkley, 93, will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 13 at Bethlehem Community Church southwest of Gillette, with Pastors Gordon Harper and Robert Graham officiating.

Interment will be in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Charles, a former resident of Gillette and Rapid City, died Aug. 6, 2008, at Douglas Care Center of natural causes.

He was born March 15, 1915, in Paris, Ill., to Orlando and Rosa (Rhoades)Barkley.

Charles came to Gillette in an immigrant car in 1918 with his parents, brothers and sisters. His father built Bethlehem Community Church in 1922, and Charles was an active preacher and teacher there for more than 60 years.

In 1935, he graduated from Campbell County High School and married his high school sweetheart, Louise McClelland, in November 1935. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage and raised five children.

Charles was proud of having planted the twin spruce trees in front of Twin Spruce Junior High School in 1934. During the 1960s-80s, Charles and his sons had one of the finest herd of registered Hereford cattle in the United States. Charles loved his God, his family and his cattle.

Charles and Louise retired to Rapid City in 1992, where Charles was active in the Big Ben Presbyterian Church and Rimrock Church and preached occasionally.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Louise; and one daughter.

Left to grieve his passing are his children, Nancy Taylor of Simsbury, Conn., Bob(Betty) Barkley of San Antonio, Texas, Bill(Trenette)Barkley of Cheyenne, Jack (Deborah) Barkley of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Dan Barkley of Shakopee, Minn.; grandchildren Steven, Sandra, Diana, Beth, Rosemary, Barbara, Jason, Jennifer, Julie, Justin, Chelsey and William; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family especially thanks granddaughter, Diana, who has been Charles' angel during the past two years as his health failed.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jason Barkley, William Barkley, Steven Barkley, Justin Barkley, Matthew Burgess and Scott Houdek.

Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.


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