Barry E. McPeak, 63

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Barry Eugene McPeak was born on September 4, 1960, the third son of Lyle Eugene and Shirley Rose (Miller) McPeak. He died suddenly on April 13, 2024 at the age of 63 years.
Life as he knew it growing up on the family farm southwest of Glen Elder was wonderful and full of outdoor adventures with his brothers, cousins and friends. This gave him a firm foundation and passion for farm life. Whether it was taking care of (playing with) the sheltie puppies they raised, helping his dad with farm chores or his mom with the garden, he was always glad to be in nature. Barry cherished his times with his brothers Steve and Marty all through his life, as they were there for each other always. Regular family vacations to Colorado in the summer with other families from Glen Elder was a highlight growing up. Later he loved taking his own family on summer trips.
Barry attended Glen Elder Grade School and Waconda East High School, graduating with the class of 1978. In his younger years he played summer baseball and was a member of the Cawker City/Glen Elder Pee Wee team that won State. In high school he played on the successful Waconda East football teams, excelling at running back. He cherished all those times with his talented teammates. Track was his favorite sport and achieved a state title by winning the 100 in class 1A in record time his senior year. His successes in track and in the classroom led him to Fort Hays State University where he was recruited on scholarship and achieved All Conference status in track. He enjoyed his time in the Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honorary Society while at FHSU. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business, Barry chose to continue his path with agriculture and livestock. He raised Charolais cattle, which herd he began at an early age, along with raising crops. Working side by side with his Dad during his early years of farming was truly special. He also had the privilege of working with his Uncle Harold McPeak. Later, his daughter Mackenzie and wife Darcel helped with farming during harvests, along with some very good friends. He greatly appreciated his farming business connections and was a good steward of the land.
Although he enjoyed his sports and farming, nothing compared to the friendships he made along the way. He was a true friend and never missed an opportunity to call and talk with close friends and family, usually while on the tractor or combine, just to check in to see how they were doing and to talk farming. Those conversations he cherished.
Barry married his high school sweetheart Darcel Dubbert in October 1982 at Sts Peter & Paul Church, Cawker City, and they spent over 41 years of marriage and a wonderful life together. Their hearts were full when they welcomed their beautiful daughter Mackenzie Rose in 1998. She was their pride and joy and they made many cherished memories as a family. Barry made it a point to attend all her dance performances, orchestra and band concerts, ballgames and events. Always there to cheer her on in whatever she did. He loved and adored his daughter dearly.
The community of Glen Elder and its surrounding area was very important to Barry. He spent much time serving the public, including the Glen Elder City Council for 16 years, the Farm Service Agency Board, Farmway Coop as an assistant director, and the Sons of the American Legion serving as Adjudant. He was a lifetime member of the Glen Elder Methodist Church.
Many of his friends and family will remember Barry's fun sense of humor and laughter. He was a very special uncle to all his nieces and nephews, who have good memories of the undivided personal attention & interest he gave them, and they in turn brought him much joy.
Barry was preceded in death by his father Lyle and brother Steve. He is survived by his mother, Shirley McPeak, his loving wife, Darcel, both of Glen Elder; his beloved daughter, Mackenzie of Beloit, and his brother Marty (Carla) McPeak of Glen Elder. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Randy (Kathryn) Dubbert of Downs, Kevin (Tricia) Dubbert of McPherson, Dale (Linda) Dubbert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kelly (Kim) Dubbert of Overland Park, and sister-in-law Denise (Tom) Gaughan of Leawood. He is survived by 14 nieces and nephews, many dear cousins, and countless cherished friends.
Even though Barry is not with us, he will remain in our hearts and memories forever. Rest easy Barry, your labors here on earth are complete.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Thursday, April 18, at the Glen Elder United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from 1 PM to 7 PM, with family present from 5 PM to 6 PM Wednesday, April 17, at the Roberts Family Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to the Church or Sons of the American Legion.
Roberts Family Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be left at www.robertsfamilyfs.com

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