ANACONDA — Richard Lyle “Dick” Barkell died Friday evening,
Feb. 17, 2012, at the Granite County Medical Center in Philips-burg.
He was born July 5, 1931, to Ken and Luella Barkell in Great Falls.
Dick attended school in Nyhart until his freshman year of high school when his family moved to Silver Star. Dick’s family moved to Silver Star to operate Barkell Hot Springs, which had been operated by Ken’s brother until his death.
On Jan. 23, 1950, Dick married a local girl from Silver Star, Margaret “Margy” Graham in Butte. After their marriage, they helped operate Barkell Hot Springs until 1951, when they moved to Anaconda. Dick and Margy raised their six kids in Anaconda and it remained Dick’s home until his death.
In 1969, Dick and Margy purchased the Owl Bar from Joe Stoken. Dick faithfully and diligently worked at the business until he sold it in 1992. His work ethic was a model for his children and grandchildren.
After his retirement in 1992, Dick and Margy could often be found at their summer cabin on Rock Creek. Almost every weekend their children and grandchildren would join them at the “Creek.”
Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret, and children, Rick Barkell, Vicky (Dave) Johnson, Sharon Mungas (fiancé Kyle Morken), Karen (Ray) Bennett, Keith (Cheryl) Barkell, and Tim (Jodee) Barkell. All of Dick’s children remain close to their home and live in either Anaconda or Philipsburg. In addition to his children, also surviving are his 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Margie Powers of Butte; brother, Dale Barkell of Silver Star; in-laws, David, Bob, and Sandy Graham, and Betty VanWort; and numerous nephews and nieces. Dick is also survived by countless friends, whom he cherished deeply.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Tom, Keith and Jim; sisters, Lucille and Andrea; and son-in-law, George Mungas.
Dad was our hero and we will miss him very much. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Granite County Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospice for the amazing care and love they showed Dick and his family.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Gateway Christian Fellowship Church at the corner of Cherry and Fourth Street. A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Granite County Medical Center at 310 S. Sansome St., Philipsburg, 59858; the Shriners Hospital at PO Box 2472, Spokane, Wash. 99210-2472; or charity of donor’s choice.
KT Riddle Funeral Home is entrusted with Dick’s funeral service.