Gowrie – Lyle R. Barkley 89, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Pearl Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing at Gowrie. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 27, 2020, at the United Methodist Church, Gowrie, with Pastor Susan Rohden officiating. Burial will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery, with Military Rites conducted by American Legion Peterson Post #431 of Gowrie. A visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie, with a Masonic Rite Service at 3 p.m. 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, 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; seventeen 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 at Orilla, Warren County, Iowa. Lyle was raised and educated in Gowrie and graduated from Gowrie High School, with the Class of 1949. On February 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 over 30,000 wooden toys to the Child Life Center at Blank Children’s Hospital. Lyle received the 2019 Legionaire 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 Marshall of the 2018 4th of July Parade in Gowrie.