DEER LODGE — James B. (Jim) Barkley, 88, of Deer Lodge, passed away on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. He peacefully left this earth in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born Nov. 3, 1928, in San Francisco, California, to Cpt. John B. and Pearl Barkley, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother Roy, son James Jr. and grandson Stephen.

He and his beloved wife Emma were married on Nov. 6, 1948, in Missoula. This year would have marked their 69th anniversary.

Jim was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served his country during the Korean War. While in service, Jim was awarded the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. 

Following his wartime service, he obtained a degree in accounting and was subsequently employed as an accountant/assistant administrator at both Galen and Warm Springs State hospitals.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and VFW, as well a member of the Galen Volunteer Fire Fighters. James enjoyed camping, fishing and reading. Upon retiring, James and Emma spent the winter months in Arizona, where he enjoyed riding ATVs in the desert.

James is survived by his wife Emma, children JoAnn (Tom) Earwood, Allen (Barbara) Barkley, Cindy (Al) Lambert, and Roy (Robyn) Barkley, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in James’ name be made to: Friends of Hospice, 1940 Dewey Blvd., Butte, MT 59701.

Sunset Memorial Funeral Home of Missoula is assisting with arrangements. Condolences for Jim’s family may be left at sunsetfuneralhomecemetery.com.

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