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Ruth Barkacs

09/20/1939 - 04/24/2021


Obituary For Ruth Barkacs

Ruth Kirkpatrick Zemke Barkacs, 81, of Sedalia, MO passed away on Saturday, April 24th at Fair View Nursing Home.

She was born September 20, 1939, in St. Paul, MN a daughter of Herman and Alyce (Lyon) Zemke, who preceded her in death.

After graduating high school, she enlisted in the USAF. While working as a medic at Parks AFB in northern California, she met and married Louis L. Barkacs, who also served in the USAF. They were married on July 17, 1958 in Oakland, CA. Various job changes eventually landed the couple in Sedalia in 1972.

Having a great passion for helping others, Ruth became very active in the Red Cross throughout the years, acting as Chapter Chairperson for a time in Pettis County. She also served on the Sedalia Police Department’s personnel committee, and through the Emergency Management Agency as a coordinator/dispatcher. Her greatest love, however, was for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and she was a shining light and testimony of His love to everyone who knew her.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Lou, Sedalia; son, Jeff Barkacs (Mick), Sedalia; daughter, Jill Barkacs, Springfield, MO; grandson, Alex Cantwell (Aileen), Springfield MO; granddaughter, Jess Johnson, Springfield MO; and grandson, Matt Barkacs, Sedalia. She was also blessed with nine beautiful great-grandchildren!

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Zemke and a sister, Karla Johnson.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Antioch Fellowship in Sedalia with Pastor Steve Graff officiating.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia.




Celebration of Life

03:00 PM

Antioch Fellowship Church
507 W 24th St,
Sedalia, MO 65301

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  • I so sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my prayers

  • Dear Lou, Jeff,Jill and family, please accept my most sincere sympathy and prayers. Ruth was always a shining light and so upbeat. I am so sorry that she suffered the way she did. The heavens are brighter and her spirit is shining eternally. Fondly, Pam

  • I will always remember your beautiful spirit, your faith in God, and your sense of humor. It was a pleasure being your nurse. I love and miss you. Debi

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