Russell David Barkey (1958 - 2013)

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  • "Ken,Sue,Cindy,sorry for your loss.We lost agreat..."
    - Scott Larson
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    - Regina (Reggie) Murphy-Jones
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    - Jef Morgan
  • "Russ, he always had a smile on his face that came straight..."
    - Butch Sims
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    - George Adams
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RUSSELL DAVID BARKEY
JANUARY 26, 1958 – MAY 7, 2013
Russell David Barkey, 55, was 'larger than life' and 'an amazing man,' those close to him shared. He succumbed to cancer and passed away at home with his wife and mother by his side May 7, 2013.
Russ was born January 26, 1958, in Seattle, WA. He resided in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington. Russ attended Marie Drake and Juneau Douglas High School in Juneau, graduating in the class of 1976. He met his bride, Jennie, while in Seattle and they married June 16, 1990. There they resided with her children Danielle and Dirk. Even after 23 years of marriage, they still giggled and held hands. Russ continued the family tradition in the flooring industry; his business was named Performance Floors.
Russ enjoyed many sports throughout his life. Besides being an avid sports fan, Russ showed a natural athletic prowess early on - from golf, to darts, to pool - he was always a competitive rival and frequently won whenever challenged. His true passions were baseball and soccer. Russ was a 'founding' soccer player in Juneau's history with soccer, and probably instrumental in it coming to pass. He played both soccer and baseball throughout his life and even played a forward for a semi-pro soccer team while living in Hawaii; he lead in 'assists' for the team that year and was second in goals.
Russ had a strong presence about himself that people were naturally drawn to. He was known for his incredible smile that could light up a room and his amazing iceberg blue eyes. He will be remembered for his joie de vivre, sense of humor, sharp dress, quick wit, friendliness and generous spirit.
Russ was preceded in death by his father, John.
He is survived by his wife, Jennie Barkey; mother, Susann Barkey; brother, Ken Barkey; sister, Cyndi (Guy) Gleason; daughter, Danielle Tunison; son, Dirk Tunison; grandson, Gunnar Knutson; nephew, Keith Barkey; niece Cori (Shawna) Barkey; and many other family members and close friends. A special mention of little Mason Kieneker, his buddy and nephew. Russ kept goodies in his pockets just for Mason - they were pals.
Although his passing left a huge hole in our hearts, we find solace in knowing he is watching over us and our daily actions; pay it forward. Sparkey (Russ' nickname from high school), you will be greatly missed but never, ever forgotten. Thank you for blessing our lives. Please know how much we truly love you.
Celebrations of Life will take place in both Seattle (June 8th) and Juneau (August 3rd). Juneau's will be a mini softball tournament @ Dimond Park, 11am to 4pm (August 3rd, Saturday). We will have a Hawaiian theme, play ball if you want, and all ages and skill levels are welcome to play (BYOM – bring your own mitt). Teams will be drawn from names in a hat. It will be a potluck, so please come, share stories, food and fellowship while we honor Russ. Please RSVP the Juneau event: 780-6360, or for more information. Aloha
Published in The Juneau Empire on May 26, 2013