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Charles Barkman

Charles “Charlie” Dean Barkman, 67, of Staunton, IL, born July 16, 1949, in Belleville, IL, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017.
Mr. Barkman retired in 2005 after many years teaching at the high school level.  His final and longest teaching position was with Bunker Hill High School in Bunker Hill, IL.  After retirement, he worked for the Lewis & Clark Library System, which later became Illinois Heartland Library.  Charlie enjoyed nature and the outdoors and especially loved hunting morels in the springtime.  He was an animal lover and had several dear friends with whom he enjoyed frequently playing golf - sometimes he was even good at it, but he always enjoyed it.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Edward and Agnes Alvina, nee Yoch, Barkman; his stepfather, Jerome Reinhart; a brother, Robert Bernard Barkman; and a step-sister, Sharon (Steven) Coil.

Surviving are a brother, Martin Ross (Carol) Barkman of Lakewood, CO;
two sisters, Mary A. “Mickey” (Dean) Weilbacher of Millstadt, IL,
    and Kathleen Marie Bujnak (William “Buck”  Hamilton) of Belleville, IL;
a step-brother Dale Reinhart of Independence, MO;
six nieces and nephews, Robert Barkman of California,
    Meghan (Phil) Law of Denver, CO,
Dawn (Scott) Sheldon of Millstadt, IL,
    Deanna Weilbacher of Lighthouse Point, FL,
    Amanda Bujnak of St. Louis, MO,
    Michelle (Jeremy) DeJournett of Belleville, IL;
two step-nieces, Shannon (Barbee) Rungi,
    and Connie (David) Schreiber;
two great-nieces, Alexis and Allison Sheldon;
a great-nephew, Lachlen Law;
two step-great-nieces, Macy and Taylor Schreiber;
a step-great-nephew, Levi Rungi;
three canine companions, Luke, Roy, and Reese;
and aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the humane society of your choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Per Charlie’s request, no formal services will be held.  Instead, enjoy one another’s company and have a drink to toast Charlie.

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Condolences Left For Charles Barkman

    So sorry for loss such a wonderful teacher he will be missed

    Jimmie pollard, Bunker hill, Il, 62014

    The best of the best! You made a difference. You will be missed by so many but always remembered for the unforgettable memories you have left us with. Thank you for everything.

    Jake & Michelle Zimmer, Bunker Hill, IL, 62014

    I worked with Charlie for many years at Bunker Hill High School. We supervised many Senior Trips together to the Lake of the Ozarks. He always tried to help students out especially finding them jobs. I will miss you Charlie. God Speed my friend.

    Bill Hanks, Bunker Hill, IL, 62014

    Can't remember anyone at BHHS who didn't like Barkman. Great teacher! Cool Man! A toast to you sir.

    Tim Mize, Bunker HIll, IL, 62014

    He was a great man and teacher. He pushed his students to be the best. You made a big difference in a lot of people's lives.

    John McCurdy, Wood River , IL. , 62095

    Great man and teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed every class I ever had with him especially entrepreneurship and P.E.

    Shane Kessinger, Worden, IL, 62097

    Great memories of Mr. Barkman at BHHS. He always seemed positive and ready to engage with students. I have thought of him often over the years, and I send peace to his family.

    David Sauerwein, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22903

    Charlie, my friend and colleague:
    You have touched so many lives and
    leave all with very special memories. As I reflect on your life and our friendship, I realize nust how much we have shared over the years. I will remember a truly
    gentle man who was one with nature
    and the earth and had a unique compassion for and connection to all of his pets and wildlife.
    Charlie was quick to find humor,
    genuinely valued and respected women, and was always there to help
    others in his profession and friendships. Charlie had a solitary inner beauty all wrapped up in one handsome hunk . . . Oh, so many school girl crushes! Thank you, Charlie, for reconnecting, for Zall that I have learned from you, and for being as brave in death as you were in life. My prayer for you is that your next journey is in a place of beauty and peace and you have begun a never ending exploration of abundant natural wonders with Star and Maddy by your side.

    Donna Grebel, Edwardsville, Illinois, 62025

    Worked with Charles after my retirement in 2005 as well. What a swell guy. He will be missed ! God speed Charlie !

    Gary Rickert, germantown, illinois, 62245

    So sorry to hear about Charlie. Charlie rented from me for a number of years before he moved to Staunton. What a hard worker and all around nice fella. Loved to tend my cattle and had a numb for every one. Was still hunting mushrooms on my farm but never said where he found them. Always had a smile. Was a great teacher and mentor to his students. I'm shocked and my prayers are with him and his family.

    tony forneris, collinsville, il, 62234

    I am so sorry to learn of the death of Charles (that's what I called him) I worked with him at Lewis & Clark Library System (now Illinois Heartland Library System) Charles was a great guy and always so nice to me. He would bring me plants for my yard that he was thinning from his yard, so in a way I will always have a little part of Charles with me. Goodbye my friend - I miss you.

    Cheri Schuler-Faust, Edwardsville, IL, 62025

    I could not believe it when I heard the news. I knew Charles through the IHLS. He was a great guy, always ready to talk, share his knowledge about the weather, the plants, his animals whenever I would see him early in the morning,. I missed him when he retired not too long ago but hoped it would be a great new adventure for him. Rest in Peace Charles!

    Julie Jarman, Staunton, , 62088

    Charlie was my teacher, wrestling coach and friend at Bergan High School in Peoria, Il in 1978.
    Could always count on 'Coach' for inspiration and a little fun. Enjoy your new adventures Charlie!

    John Coker, Peoria, Il, 61604

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