In memory of
Barry John Lemcke
Barry Lemcke was born in Elgin IL July 13th 1963 and grew up in Hoffman Estates, and then also in Round Lake where he lived with his folks (Frank & Pat), on the shores of Long Lake. Thus began his life-long love affair with being on the water. Barry graduated Round Lake High School in May of 1981. After graduation he enlisted in The United States Coast Guard and served faithfully and honorably until 1987. While in the Coast Guard Barry earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University. Shortly after leaving the Coast Guard took the only job he'd ever have. For more than 30 years he worked for Varian Medical Systems in Management and as a Field Engineer. He was very dedicated to Varian and loved his work which included repairing and maintaining sophisticated equipment such as linear accelerators. He especially loved to help other techs when they had been confounded by a problem they couldn't resolve; he was generous but humble with his teaching.
Describing Barry to those that didn't know him is tough. He lived a very large life filled with family, countless close friends, and many, shall we say, "motorized accessories". If a motor ran in it, he wanted one; usually more than one!. He loved the outdoors and his outdoor toys! Motorcycles, souped up golf carts that could reach 65mph, snowmobiles, boats, wave runners, pick-up trucks and convertibles; A new convertible quarterly because you know, the spice of life is variety!. If you could put gas in it, Barry wanted one. In winters you would find him crisscrossing the Upper Peninsula on one of his many snowmobiles. With perhaps an occasional stop for "Re-fueling". His sons Conner and Blake along with many friends in tow, over the years accumulating thousands of miles across the trails of the North Woods.
In summer time he was the unofficial Mayor of The Chain of Lakes and cruised the lakes endlessly aboard his cherished yacht, Second Wind. He knew the map of the lakes in his sleep and came to many a friend's and brother's rescue when they had broke down, or perhaps miscalculated the peril of navigating 8 inch deep water. Summer life aboard Second Wind was always merry. Barry was always joined by many friends and family members. The Jimmy Buffet music rocking and swaying, Barry manning the BBQ in the back serving up endless amounts of his special pork sandwiches and marinated chicken thighs, proudly holding court and telling stories that were mostly true.
These many friends that were with him have flooded social media with their heartbreak and loss, for a man they describe as "a Mountain of a Human", "Generous", "Kind" "A Very Good Man", "A great friend to all who knew him" "A great guy who touched many lives", "a wonderful human being", "he cared more for everyone around him than for himself", and so many more hundreds of tributes.
Barry was all these things and more. He was a brother who would do anything to help at the drop of a hat. He was an Uncle who was really more like a father. He was a master fixer of all thing mechanical.
But above all else he was a Father. He loved being a Father more than anything else in his life. Although he was divorced, he never stopped loving the mother of his sons, Wendy. Because the purpose of his life, the joy of his life, the Love of his life, was being a Father to his two sons Conner and Blake. He loved going to all of their football games. He loved teaching them how to ride a snowmobile. He loved teaching them how to park a boat, "like a surgeon!". He would actually tear up when talking about how proud he was of Conner graduating the fire academy and passing his paramedic certification, then beginning his career as a full time fire fighter/paramedic. And he loved to tell everyone that his son Blake was attending Baylor University majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and how Blake had his gift for all things mechanical. He could get lost in dreaming and talking about what Blake would do with his career.
Barry was so much to so many; But Barry lived for his sons.
Happy Trails to you Barry; brother, son, uncle, husband, and Father.
May the Seas lie smooth before you.
May a gentle breeze forever fill your sails
May sunshine warm your face
And kindness warm your soul
And until we meet again,
May God bless you and keep you safe.
Barry is survived by his children: Conner T. Lemcke of Island Lake IL and Blake W Lemcke of Johnsburg IL; his siblings: Erica Emerson of Packwood WA, Peter Lemcke of Fontana WI, Greg Lemcke of Mishawaka IN, Frank (Rose) Lemcke of Trevor WI and Gretchen (Bob) Conrad of Milford IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents Frank H. Lemcke and Patricia Ann Lemcke, as well as his siblings: Denise Schlappi, Scott Lemcke, Barbara Musick,
Visitation will take place on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 4pm to 7pm at Colonial Funeral Home 591 Ridgeview Dr. McHenry IL 60050. Followed by Military Honors at 7pm. Interment will be private.
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