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Woodstock Funeral Home

8855 Main Street, Woodstock, GA

OBITUARY

Kenneth "Ken" Douglas Barwick

January 15, 1948July 19, 2020
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Kenneth Douglas Barwick, age 72, of Marietta, Georgia, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 19, 2020. He was born and raised in Mt. Olive, North Carolina to Allen and Clara Barwick.

Ken is a Hero; a Veteran of the Vietnam War. As an Army Soldier and Bell AH-l Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot, he earned many awards and medals for his acts of valor and gallantry on and off the battlefield, to include Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart Medal, and many more. Ken served honorably in the United States Army for 10 years, achieving the rank of Captain. He took pride in his service and country, truly embodying the Army Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. (Credit: SGT Maurice A. Coley II)

Mr. Barwick was also very successful in his career as a High Tech Senior Business Executive, industry leader and advisor. He was a gifted mentor to young men. Ken had many hobbies and talents, enjoying the outdoors by hunting, fishing, and golfing. Most of all, Ken loved spending time with his family, sharing his faith and patriotism. He delighted in sharing stories with his grandchildren about old times and past experiences. He was known for his easy-going, laid-back personality and sense of humor. He was caring, compassionate and selfless. Ken will always be remembered as a dedicated, proud, and loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and role model. Faith, Family, Flag, Friends and Fun…in that order.

Ken is survived by his wife of 38 years, Donna Barwick; daughters Elizabeth Sokol and her husband, David; Rebecca Elowski and Mary Kathryn Barwick; sons David Barwick and Douglas Barwick; and four grandsons A.J. Sokol, Will Sokol, Garrett Sokol and Mason Elowski. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Barwick.

In-vehicle visitation procession will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 between 12:00pm-2:00pm at Woodstock Funeral Home, 8855 Main Street, Woodstock, GA. A private service will be held for the family at Woodstock Funeral Home on July 27. Ken will go to his final resting place at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

If you are led to do so, in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to HonorFlight.org in Ken’s memory

Services

  • In-Vehicle Visitation Procession

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

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Linda and Don Crews

July 31, 2020

Donna we are sorry for your loss. We knew Ken first at MSA. He was such a humble man. You only knew about all of his accolades from others. Ken never talked about his accomplishments.

After working with Ken we had the delight of seeing both of you at Perimeter School functions when David and Leslie were in the same grade, and we got to see the Dad side of Ken Barwick. :-)

Donna, Ken loved you so much. Family and faith was an important priority to him. Prayers for you my dear, and the family.

Rob Bearden

July 25, 2020

Ken is the best man I have ever known he gave me the opportunity to get into the software business and taught me the way to sell but more importantly he taught me the right way to be a man and a leader. Every decision I ever made in my personal and professional life I always thought what would Ken do. I enjoyed many hunting trips around the world with Ken and know that he loves this country our God and his family more than life it’s self. Without Ken I would be no where in life and I will miss him.

Gail Dykstra

July 24, 2020

Thanks to Captain Barwick for his service to our country and first and foremost his service to our Lord. You have been a good and faithful servant and although your family and friends will miss you dearly, you are in the greatest place ever now!

Mark Phelan

July 24, 2020

Donna,

Just heard about Ken and I'm stunned. Was telling Lisa about having lunch with him last year to catch up, not thinking it would be our last time together, for now anyways.

So many fond memories of times we spent together, too many to recount here. Simply know that you and the "kids" are in our thoughts and prayers. Y'all have been very good friends for decades. Still remember the first time we met at our condo back when we lived in Sandy Springs and y'all had recently married.

We had some of the funniest laughs together, goofing around and going on trips together. Lots of photos to attest! Now our kids are as old as we were when we first got to know each other.

Ken will always be remembered by me as a super guy, a true patriot, and example to our sons who went into the military. One is out and about now. One of the things Ken and I talked about during that last lunch.

We're around if you'd ever like to get together once things settle down. Blessings to you.

Kindest,
Mark & Lisa

Kathy Potts

July 24, 2020

Ken was such a GREAT man! He was funny, smart and extremely personable. Ken gave me my first sales opportunity on the West Coast. Ken knew "People Are the Key." I remember driving Ken to the office off of Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, before his family moved out to CA. I stopped at a light, and Ken rolled down the window and gave a very poor homeless man some money. Ken was a fantastic leader, and he had a warm heart. Ken was also very funny, and it was rare to not see him smiling!

A wonderful man who will be greatly missed. Especially by us...
Kathy and Mike Potts

Tom McNeight

July 23, 2020

Donna and Family,

We are deeply saddened at the loss of Ken and our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Ken has been a friend and colleague for over 35 years. He was first a man of faith and family, an outstanding business leader and, as many have mentioned, a consummate outdoorsman. He introduced me to fly fishing and the times we spent on the Big Horn River telling war stories are cherished memories. As a brother-in-arms I found his outstanding service truly inspiring. Although he could be a tough guy, his demeanor quickly melted when talking about his kids and grandkids. He was called home too early; but I am confident that he is basking in the light of his Savior, Jesus Christ.

David Free

July 23, 2020

Donna and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I first met Ken when he came to Oracle. He gave me my first opportunity to be a manager there. I can’t think of a better person to have as a mentor. He was one of the most honest and finest people I have had the pleasure to call my friend. I will miss him terribly and think of him often.

Jeanne Westmoreland

July 22, 2020

Donna my heart breaks for you. The last time we saw y’all I think might have been at the Catfish Den in Dallas years ago. Ken was such a fun guy and just a fantastic person. I’m just so sorry.

Steve Borchers

July 22, 2020

I first met Ken when we worked together at McAuto , our first jobs out of the military, Ken the Army and me the Navy. We rapidly became good friends. After leaving that first job we both grew our careers in the technology industry and stayed in touch. I remember him for his strong faith, loyalty, humility, and sense of humor. I did not know how decorated he was for his valor and courage in Vietnam until later in our friendship. At the later stages of my career when I needed help competing for what would be my last career change before retirement, Ken’s recommendation and sage advice were the primary reasons why I was hired. I will forever be grateful to him for that and the significant role he played in my life. RIP Ken.

Jennie Meredith

July 22, 2020

Donna,
The Meredith family sends our deepest sympathies to you (and your family). Ken always greeted me with a smile, hug, and compliment. I enjoyed sitting talking with him on the couch in front of your desk. He would brighten my day with his wit and humor. He will truly be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
RIP Mr. Ken.
- Jennie and Don Meredith

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