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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

3220 South 31st Street, Temple, TX

OBITUARY

William George Barkemeyer

July 21, 1942June 16, 2020
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William George (“Bill”) Barkemeyer, age 77, of Temple, Texas passed away on Tuesday June 16, 2020. William was born July 21, 1942 in Coleman , Texas. Funeral services for William will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Luke's Catholic Church, Temple, Texas with a rosary at 10:30Am. Burial will be at 1:30 PM at St. Mary's Cemetery, Westphalia, Texas. He grew up in Temple, Texas where he attended public schools and received his GED. He then enrolled in Durham’s Business College and upon completion worked for Western Auto until his retirement. Bill was an industrious and hard- working fellow who at an early age sought ways to earn his own extra money. He was especially proud of the fact that he bought and paid for his first car - a 1953 Chevy. He was a snappy dresser and imitated the casual look of Elvis or Ricky Nelson. He married the love of his life, Janice Marie Frei on 9/18/1971 and after almost 50 years of marriage still often referred to her as his bride. They have one son, Kevin Joseph who lives in Temple. The family worshipped together at St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Bill was fiercely devoted to his family recording almost every trivial and major accomplishment of his immediate and extended family members. Next to his family he had three loves in his life; the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Longhorns and the fighting Temple Wildcats. He and his son Kevin enjoyed any sporting event and managed to become walking encyclopedias of any and all sports related trivia and history. He loved music and he loved to dance. In his teenage years and early adulthood the legends of rock ‘n roll were his favorites, After marriage he and Janice could be found on any given weekend dancing to the music of a good polka band or country swing band in the surrounding dancehalls in Temple. His parents Herman William Barkemeyer and Lillian Emma Reddehase Barkemeyer have preceded him in death. We will miss you Bill – your crooked smile, dry sense of humor and easy conversation., I am Jeanette Fuller, his sister and he leaves his memory with me, his sister Linda Tingwald and his younger brother Hubert and our families. He is survived by his wife Janice, son Kevin and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He loved us all. Bill fell asleep in the arms of his Savior on June 16, 2020. Rest in peace brother Bill. The family would especially like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Scott & White Hospital for their care and attendance to Bill. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerstemple.com for the Barkemeyer family.

  • FAMILY

  • Janice Barkemeyer, Wife
  • Kevin Barkemeyer, Son
  • Jeanette Fuller, Sister
  • Linda Tingwald, Sister
  • Hubert Barkemeyer, Brother
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Alan Barkemeyer , Active Pallbearer
  • David Barkemeyer, Active Pallbearer
  • O'Gene Barkemeyer, Active Pallbearer
  • Lloyd Fabianke, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Burial to Follow

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Memories

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Linda Ortega-Temeyosa

July 9, 2020

I want to share that Mr Bill & Janice would come into HEB to do their weekly shopping. I enjoyed watching and hearing. Mr Bill's voice & laughter while sitting in the deli area waiting on his wife to shop. I worked 18 yrs with Kevin and myself an avid Wildcat fan, so seeing them in attendance at sporting events is something I will cherish. I know Kevin will miss his Daddy dearly, I pray him strength as to his family as well. What a great husband and father Mr Bill was, may he rest in peace.

Douglas Moore

June 21, 2020

I want to express my condolences to the family of Bill. I remember him well from high school. The obituary reflects on my fond memory of Bill.......... his crooked smile, dry wit, and such a kind person. Rest in Peace Bill.
Douglas Moore, THS 1962

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Biography

William "Bill" George Barkemeyer was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, William will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       He was the son of Herman and Lillian Barkemeyer. William grew up in Temple, Texas.

      William was raised with 3 siblings, Jeanette, Linda and Hubert. William was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young boy, William had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. William was an industrious and hard-working fellow who at an early age sought ways to earn his own extra money. He was specially proud of the fact that he bought and paid for his first car- a 1953 Chevy. He was a snappy dresser and imitated the caual look of Elvis or Ricky Nelson.

      A typical teenager, William had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      William enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but William was able to manage the balancing act. He attended Durham's Business College.

       Empathic and loyal, William was committed to making his family happy.

      William worked hard to be a good father to Kevin and he did his best to fulfill his needs. William was blessed with one son, Kevin Joseph Barkemeyer.

       William enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, William worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. He was employed for Western Auto until his retirement. William always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      William enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were devoted to his family recording almost every trivial and major accomplishment of his immediate and extended family members. The three loves of his life were the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Longhorns and the fighting Temple Wildcats. He and his son Kevin enjoyed any sporting event and managed to become walking encyclopedias of any and all sports related trivia and history. He loved music and he loved to dance. In his teenage years and early adulthood the legends of rock 'n roll were his friends. After marriage he and Janice could be found on any given weekend dancing to the music of a good polka band or country swing band in the surrounding dancehalls in Temple.

      William’s faith was important to him. He was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church.

       He is survived by his wife Janice, son Kevin, sisters, Jeanette Fuller and Linda Tingwald and his younger brother Hubert and their families and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He loved us all. Rest in peace brother Bill.

Services were held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Luke's Catholic Church, Temple, Texas with a rosary at 10:30AM. Burial was at 1:30 PM at St. Mary's Cemetery, Westphalia, Texas.

      Simply stated, William was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. William leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember William George Barkemeyer.