Boyd Barkey

Obituary of Boyd Enos Barkey

Boyd Enos Barkey was born on October 21, 1930, to Lester Barkey and Maude (Chittenden) Barkey near Clatonia, Nebraska.  He joined his siblings, Dean and Genevieve (Gene) Goble.  Another brother, Jack, was born 2 years later.  The family farmed, and the children attended elementary school near the family farm at the Barkey Schoolhouse which still stands today.  Boyd attended high school at Clatonia High School. 

Boyd married Lois Ann Schachenmeier in 1951.  They had 4 children, Sharon (Chris) Kermiet, Doris (Rob) Kelley, Daniel (Patti), and Jerilynn (Scot) Guilkey.  Boyd earned his living as a farmer, and he especially enjoyed farming with his Dad and his father-in-law, Walter Schachenmeier.  When Lois’s health failed due to a chronic asthma condition, the family, along with Boyd’s in-laws, Grace and Walter Schachenmeier, moved to Golden, Colorado in 1961. They attended St. James Lutheran Church.   Boyd, familiar only with farming as a way to make a living, felt fortunate to get a job with Coors Brewing Company.  That began a long and fruitful relationship with his co-workers from Coors.  He retired from Coors in 1992.  Boyd and Lois divorced in 1972.

On April 8th, 1972 Boyd met Patricia Nielsen who would be his life-long companion for over 50 years.  Dad and Pat enjoyed their life together, traveling and playing cards on “date night.”  Pat always won!

Boyd was an avid gardener, growing many varieties of vegetables in his expansive garden plots.  Boyd also loved music and it was the center of his life.  He was an excellent guitar player and he loved his Martin guitars! While married to Lois, it was not uncommon for the family to sing together as much as possible.  Lois played the piano, Boyd the guitar, and the children sang the songs of the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, and a multitude of other artists.  Boyd went on to encourage music in his grandchildren, teaching them to play guitar and violin.  Boyd enjoyed the “Pickin’ Parlor” in Arvada and often joined the other artists in jam sessions. 

As his health began to fail, he went to live at Applewood Place Assisted Living, where he continued to make friends among the staff and other residents.  There he was known as the “singing cowboy,” often breaking into song and wearing his white cowboy hat whenever he left his room.

Boyd passed away on October 2nd, 2022.  He is survived by his dear Patricia, 4 children and their spouses, 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

His long and fruitful life lives on in his family.  He loved his Lord and is now reunited with a host of loved ones that went before him.  He’s now singin’ with the saints and has heard his Lord say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Monetary donations in Boyd’s memory may be made to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 8997 W. 88th Avenue, Westminster, CO  80021, or Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School, 10391 Luther Court, Commerce City, CO.  80022

Services are on October 12, 2022

Viewing – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Aspen Mortuary, 6370 Union St., Arvada, CO

Internment - 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. at the Golden Cemetery, 755 Ulysses St., Golden, CO

Memorial Service – 2:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 8997 W. 88th Avenue, Westminster, CO  80021

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10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Aspen Arvada Chapel
6370 Union St
Arvada, Colorado, United States

Graveside Service

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Golden Cemetery
755 Ulysses Street
Golden, Colorado, United States

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Shepherd of the Valley Church
8997 W. 88th Ave
Westminster, Colorado, United States
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