Monday, January 09, 2006

Ken Barfels 1928-2006

Brett's dad, Ken, passed away last Tuesday. After many heartfelt moments with family and friends, he fell asleep the night of January 1st and went home to his Lord on January 3rd. He was at home in his favorite chair, surrounded by his wife and three of his nine children. He went peacefully into the arms of his Savior.

Ken was the moral compass of his family. Although he already had three children of his own with his late wife, he graciously accepted six children who were not born to him and raised them as his own flesh and blood. He instilled the highest moral values and strongest work ethics. He raised the bar as a father, husband, brother, grandfather, friend, and Christian.

Ken was a perfectionist as a farmer and carpenter and earned the respect and admiration of his clients and friends. He was a leader in the community serving as the Mayor of Beaman; he was active on many boards, committees, and special projects.

Ken and Kay enjoyed spending time at Norway Lake in Minnesota, attending antique auctions, and taking Sunday drives. He spent countless hours in his workshop creating works of art and useful tools for family members and friends.

Ken will be greatly missed, but he leaves a legacy that wll never die.

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