William Matthew ”Bill” Barkas, Sr.
Written by Daniel Davidson on February 7, 2023
Funeral services for William Matthew “Bill” Barkas, Sr. of Minden will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at First Methodist Minden. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Graveside services will follow at Hamilton Cemetery in Dubach, LA.
Barkas was born on February 25, 1937, in Manila, Philippines and died on February 5, 2023, in Covington, LA at the age of 85. Barkas was a devoted husband to Edith Hanna “Edie” Barkas of Minden and daddy to Jessica (Lavon) Welch, Bill (Julie) Barkas, Jr., and Hanna (Jeff) Peshoff. He was PawPaw to grandchildren Rachel Welch, Nathan (Sima) Welch, Jonathan (Brittany) Welch, Meredith Welch, Matthew (Morgan) Barkas, Grant Barkas, Will Peshoff, Sarah (Logan) Didier, Mary Peshoff and John Clark Peshoff. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and three more on the way and one sister, Connie Madrid of Manila, Philippines.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Irene Barretto Barkas and Gabriel William Barkas; three brothers, Eddie Golden, Albert Golden, and Wally Golden; and three grandsons, Benjamin Barkas, Caleb Welch, and Joshua Welch.
Barkas is a 1960 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He lived in Minden and was a member of FUMC for 55 years. He worked in the industry designing farm equipment, then later as an insurance agent. In retirement he did volunteer work on church ramp ministry, sang in church singing group, worked in the church office, enjoyed various Bible studies including BSF, taught Sunday school and was a faithful election poll worker.
Barkas had a deep love for and devotion to God and love and devotion to his wife and family. If there was a game or event for someone in his family, he was there. He was a faithful friend and never met a stranger. He was a hard worker with great humility, gentleness and kindness. He loved music and especially loved singing. He was a proud naturalized US citizen and patriot. He was also a faithful Louisiana Tech alumnus and 55-year season football ticket holder. He enjoyed carpentry and was multi-lingual and had a keen interest in different cultures. He was part of the group ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out), a member of the Masons, worked with the church youth group and taught Sunday school,
In Lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. Jude’s or The Broken Bean/Teen Challenge.