Walter Barkey

May 22, 1935 - August 13, 2019
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Walter T. Barkey, 84, died peacefully at his home in Venice, Florida on August 13th, 2019.  Walter was born May 22nd, 1935, the son of Walter J. and Josephine Barkey from Jackson, Michigan.  He often loved to reminisce about growing up with his only sibling Joan (Barkey) Smigielski.  He valued these memories and we know he is happy to see them once again.  Later in life, Walter retired from Super Tool in Elk Rapids, Michigan.  He had an expertise in finance and loved working with numbers.  Walter will also be remembered for his strong opposition to racial and societal prejudice of any kind.  He simply didn’t tolerate it.  In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, and gambling.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents Walter J. and Josephine Barkey, his sister Joan and brother-in-law Mac Smigielski, and nephew Robert Smigielski.  He is survived by his nephew and nieces, Richard Smigielski, Patricia Denney, Susan Gordon, and Diane Smigielski.

Walter will be laid to rest next to his parents at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Jackson, Michigan. Farley Funeral Home in Venice, Florida handled Walter’s arrangements. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting

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Born: May 22, 1935
Died: August 13, 2019

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Sandy Strzalko Hutchison posted on 9/1/19

I was very sad when I heard about Walter s passing. Sonny and I were quite close close growing up, our mothers were sister and visited each other quite often. We stayed fairly close until our twenties. We have lived in Florida since 1974 and when Sonny and Joan moved here we did get to see them several times. I’m cousin Sandy and use to baby sit Mack and Joan’s children when we lived in Michigan. Rest In Peace mydear cousin. 🙏❤️