Virginia R. (Thompson) Barkmeier
Walter H. Barkmeier


Walter H. Barkmeier

Fillmore County News, Exeter, Nebraska - July 17, 1986

Walter Henry Barkmeier was born to August Frank Barkmeier and Anna Barbara Menke Barkmeier on September 29, 1912, at Exeter, Nebraska and passed away June 29, 1986, at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha Nebraska, at the age of 73 years and 9 months.

He was baptized and confirmed in St. Stephen's Catholic Church, and attended St. Stephen's Catholic Grade School and graduated from the Exeter Public School with the class of 1931. He was a life-long resident of Exeter. He managed the Exeter Coop Elevator for several years and then entered into partnership in the implement business, with Clarence Dawson for 30 years. He was an avid sports fan and closely followed local and national sporting events.

Walt was married to Virginia Thompson of Belvidere, Nebraska on September 29, 1941 and to them three children were born.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Wanda, son-in-law Duane and grandson Brian Luebbe, his parents, August and Anna Barkmeier and two sisters, Ella Morgan and Lillian Barkmeier.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, son Dr. Wayne Barkmeier and his wife Carolyn of Elkhorn, Nebraska; daughter Wilma Keil of Nebraska City, Nebraska; brothers, Louis of Exeter, Nebraska, Vincent of Battle Lake, Minnesota and Ray of Hampton, Iowa; sisters, Rose Lilly, of Los Angeles, California, Helena Lea Barkmeier of Exeter, Nebraska; 7 grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Exeter, Nebraska on Tuesday, July 1, 1986 with Msgr. Ingenhorst officiating. Pallbearers were: William Morgan, Gail Heffelfinger, Roger Johnson, Tom Votipka, Jerry Barkmeier and Joel Barkmeier. Interment was in the Exeter Cemetery with Farmers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Virginia R. Barkmeier

Fillmore County News, Exeter, Nebraska - May 9, 1996

Virginia R. Barkmeier was born to Herbert M. Thompson and Lena B. Zong Thompson on March 12, 1913, at Herrick, South Dakota, and passed away May 4, 1996, at Friend Nebraska at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 22 days. She was the third of four children in the family.

She moved to a farm near Butte, Nebraska with her family in 1919 and then to Belvidere, Nebraska in 1927. She graduated from Belvidere High School. Following graduation, she managed the Belvidere Cooperative Credit Association and worked at the Fairmont Air Base during World War II.

She married Walter H. Barkmeier on September 29, 1941 and moved to Exeter, Nebraska. They had three children: Wayne, Wilma and Wanda. She was a devoted wife and loving mother.

She had many friends and enjoyed her association with these friends. She also engaged in many activities in the Exeter community over the years. She worked for a short time at the Exeter Post Office and for several years at the Exeter Community Nursing Home.

With the advancement of arthritis, she moved to Long-Term Care at the hospital in Friend, Nebraska, in the summer of 1991, where she died on May 4, 1996.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Lena Thompson; husband, Walter; daughter, Wanda Luebbe; son-in-law, Duane Luebbe; and grandson, Brian Luebbe.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Dr. Wayne and Carolyn Barkmeier of Elkhorn, Nebraska; daughter and son-in-law Wilma and Michael Miles of Omaha, Nebraska; brother, W. Wayne Thompson of Bruning, Nebraska; brother and sister-in-law Harold and Alice Thompson; sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Lloyd Eickhoff of Gladstone, Missouri; seven grandchildren; a great granddaughter; nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the United Methodist Church in Exeter, Nebraska, May 8, 1996, with Rev. Melanie Adams officiating. Pallbearers were Wayne Barkmeier, Jr., Dennis Caples, Neal Elsberry, Gail Heffelinger, Duane Kirkpatrick, Thomas Luebbe and William Morgan. Mrs. Margaret Votipka accompanied Mr. Robert O. Rhodes who sang "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand". Interment was in the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter Nebraska with the Farmer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Virginia R. (Thompson) Barkmeier
11 months



In Memoriam
Walter Barkmeier
Fillmore County News
Exeter, Nebraska - July 17, 1986

The first week in July was a very sad one for the Exeter, Community. Walt Barkmeier, who was a life long member of this community, died on Sunday in an Omaha hospital after a long and lingering illness.

To give up a loved one in death is never easy, but in faith we know that it must be the surcease of earthly suffering.

Walt Barkmeier was a faithful member of St. Stephen's Church as were his loyal and faithful parents before him. He spent his life, despite ill health in faithful commitment to duty. He served his God, his family and his community with devotion and loyalty. May he now be at peace in the land where suffering is no more.

May their beautiful memories be a consolation and source of strength for his wife, Virginia, daughter Wilma and family, son Wayne, his wife and family, and his two brothers and sisters who are left to mourn their loss.


From the Pen....
....of H.J.H.
In Memoriam
Mrs. Walter (Virginia) Barkmeier
Fillmore County News
Exeter, Nebraska - May 9, 1996

When death came to our dear neighbor and friend, Virginia, a vacancy in our lives can never be filled, except through our beautiful memories.

Her kindness, her love for husband and family and the care she gave to them, was a living example that our world did see.

She accepted life as it came to her, even when their hearts were broken, when a terrible tragedy and death came to them unexpectedly.

Their faith and love for each other, this heavy cross they did carry, as our Lord his cross did bear.

We know that Virginia has now entered a life of eternity where she has met those of her family who had gone before her, and has been rewarded by her Heavenly Father for her service in the world below.

And there she will be waiting for those who lives are still needed upon this earth below.

May their loving memories help them until they meet again




Virginia & Walter Barkmeier
Columbus Horse Races
circa 1980



Looking Back Through the
Fillmore County News...

Tom Hoffman broke the oldest track and field record on the books of Exeter High School, the mile run. Tom broke the old record of 4:39.5 set by Walt Barkmeier in 1929. Tom set the new record 4:35.1 at the Exeter Invitational on April 10, 1981.

The Sentinel
April 23, 2008

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