Carl Huey Lee Barksdale,74, of Lansing, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at St. John Hospital. He was born, June 1, 1937, in Clayton, La., the son of Grady O. and Ruth I. (Allred) Barksdale.
Carl leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years, Geraldine (Harris) Barksdale;his children, Grady A. Barksdale, Carlene Watkins, Anita (Eric) Duke, Linda Loreti and Sherry Wells; his grandchildren, John Medley, Danial Marshall, Dustin (Jana) Thomas, Crystal (Jason) Reisig, Katie (Daniel Sheehan) Barksdale, Shaun (Ashley) Barksdale, Nicholas Loreti, and Natalie Loreti; great-grandchildren, Christian Lanter, David and Caleb Medley, Elijah and Kendall Marshall, Dylan, Ethan and Wyatt Thomas, Annabelle Reisig, Aydan, Garrett and Dallas Sheehan, and Mackenzie Barksdale; his siblings, Armon (Don) Hartman, James (Linda) Barksdale and Deloris (Jim) Thorndike; and his foster sons, Mickey Garrison, Tom Trimble, Doug Milner, Jack Okamoto, Charles Williams and Ted Martin.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Michelle Medley; great-grandson, Isaiah Medley; nephew, Carl L. Barksdale; and niece, Shelly Barksdale.
Carl served in the U.S. Air force for 10 years He medically retired and served 20 years civil service with department of the Army. He retired in 1987 as Director of Information Management at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
He and his wife enjoyed travelling in their RV, visiting family throughout the winter and staying summers in Leavenworth with their children and grandchildren. Carl LOVED golfing, teaching his son and grandsons how to play. He also instilled a love of fishing in all his grandchildren, letting them spend weekends with him and Gerrie on their boat. He was an active member of the church of Christ, often sheparding those who needed it most. His strong ideals and commitment to what was right is a gift he gave many people. His church will miss his commitment to seeking the Truth, his children will miss his advice and counseling and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss his silly songs he always sang to them!
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service with military honors will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.