William L. Barkman

William “Bill” LeRoy Barkman “Mr. Bill”, passed away Sept. 27, 2017, at the age of 75, after reaching his goal of bringing laughter to all those around him.

Born July 27, 1942, in Jamestown, N.Y., to William and Lorraine Barkman of Busti, N.Y.

He is survived by his two younger siblings: David, and Sue Ours and husband, Charlie; six children: Terrie, Vicki and husband, Paul, Ronda, Shane and wife, Sherry, Wendie and Austin; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two great-grandchildren: Jackson and Ethan.

Of all the things that could have taken his life through the years, it was ultimately his heart, surely exhausted from a lifetime of giving and his many triumphs over recent illness.

Even during his darkest hours he had an outstanding attitude, saying often, “I have a lot of things broken, but my smile still works.”

He may not have been ready to leave us but what he left us with will forever stay in our hearts and tickle our funnybones.