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Painting by Dee Maples
In a hay field ... there is a flag that was erected to honor the memory of two very special WWII veterans. It is located 4 miles north of runway 15 at Bangor International Airport and is visible to all who fly in or out of the airport. It also serves as a tribute to our active duty personnel and all veterans.
Dr. Joseph G. Barkey
Dr. Joseph G. Barkey, MD
Dr. Joseph George Barkey, 82, of Findlay, Ohio, died at 5:42 a.m. on Monday, February 9, 2009 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and was loved by his family and the many people who knew him.
Dr. Barkey graduated from North Judson, Indiana, High School and in 1944 enlisted in the Navy where he served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during WWII as a radar technician. He did pre-med at Washington University, St. Louis from 1946-1948. In 1952 he graduated from Indiana University Medical School and took further training at St. Louis City Hospital (internship) and Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL (post-graduate training). He moved to Findlay in 1953 where he practiced Family Medicine, Anesthesiology and Aviation Medicine (Senior Aviation Examiner for the FAA). He was past president of the Blanchard Valley Hospital Medical Staff and also the Hancock County Medical Society and past president (1987) and honorary life member of the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists. He was a private pilot and member of Chapter 636 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Toledo Hanger of the Quiet Birdmen and a former mission pilot in the Civil Air Patrol. He was a former driver in Sports Car Club of America events and co-founder of the Mid-Ohio Race Physicians in 1969. Other memberships included the Masonic Lodge #227, Findlay; 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason-Toledo Consistery and Findlay Radio Club (KB 8 QLQ).
Dr. Barkey was born on December 6, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Daniel and Mary (Hubeny) Barkey of North Judson, Indiana. He married Marcia Alice Jones on November 25, 1948, the daughter of the late S. Harris and Marguerite (Russ) Jones of Rumford, Maine. She survives him. Other survivors include his children, David Alan Barkey (Susan Marshall), Findlay, Sandra Barkey Flint (Joby Flint), Selma, NC, Dale Paul Barkey (Deborah Sisson), Durham, N.H. and Kathy Sue Barkey (Scott Davies), Kingston, N.Y.; grandchildren, Matthew George Barkey, Findlay, Sarah Elizabeth Barkey, Findlay, Alice Claire Davies, Kingston, NY and Henry Owen Davies, Kingston, NY. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Barkey and Herman D. Barkey and a sister, Sophia Bauman.
The following individuals and organization have expressed their respect for Dr. Barkey's support of our troops: Members of Chapter 636 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Daniel C. Boyd, Findlay Surgical Association Inc, Therese Bourrat, Lana & Ron Powell & family, and Dee McCamey.
Raymond L. KOHUS, age 83 years, beloved husband of the late Grace Kohus (nee Johnson), loving father of John and Charles and Elizabeth, also survived by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews, brother of Rosemary K. Reiter and the late Norbert, Paul and Hilda.
Ray came into our lives after all three of us had already left home but that didnt lessen the impact he had on us. I was in the Air Force stationed in upper NY State when Ray and our mother were married and I remember well my feeling of happiness that our mother had remarried and looked forward to meeting my new stepfather. Yes, it was a long time ago but some things still stick in my mind. My impressions of Ray were very positive and of course I was happy that he was in the military as I was. He seemed such a friendly and affable person and as I got to know him over the years this first impression never wavered. My strongest reaction at the time was great pleasure at seeing my mother happy. What a love story they had. They had the kind of relationship everyone wishes for but few ever get.
As you would expect from a man who had put 34 years in the military (Army) Ray was deeply patriotic and made every effort to have a flagpole wherever he and Gracie lived. Ray not only had a flagpole in their yard but also would raise it with respect in the morning and lower it in the same way in the evening as long as he was physically able. He loved working in his garden but even more than that he adored all the grandchildren. When, as small children, they would come to visit Ray would ride them in the trailer behind his lawn tractor
Ray was no mean musician either. He had a good voice and participated in the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA) and played both piano and accordian.
After Ray retired, Gracie was his life. They did everything together and he devoted most of his attention to making her happy and enjoying their life together. The years following Moms passing were difficult for Ray and he often talked about wanting to go and be with his Gracie. Well Ray, you and Gracie are finally reunited but without all the encumbrances that came to you both in later life. And leave it to you to make your exit on April Fools Day! Way to go, Ray rest in peace and thank you for being a prince of a man.