Leonard W. "Smokey" Barfknecht, Jr., Janesville, WI (1933-2014)
December 10, 1933 - May 26, 2014
Leonard W. “Smokey” Barfknecht, Jr., age 80, of Janesville, WI, passed away on Monday, May 26th at Azura Memory Care in Beloit, WI. Leonard was born on Dec. 10, 1933, in Janesville, WI, the son of Leonard and Lorraine (Becker) Barfknecht, Sr. Leonard served in the US Army and retired from General Motors with almost 50 years of employment at the Janesville plant. Prior to his illness, Leonard regularly attended area stock car races and was an avid NASCAR fan. He also enjoyed auctions and was a collector of John Deere Tractors - showing them yearly at the Rock River Thresheree held near the family farm.
Leonard is survived by his children: Lee (Kathy) Wilke of Arbor Vitae, WI; Lance (Renee) Wilke of Woodruff, WI, Lori (Ken) Neff of Merrill, WI, and Lisa Gardener of Oakdale, MN; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his siblings: Jean (Peter) Watson, Judy Coats, Barb Galinsky, Gerald Barfknecht, Hazel Barfknecht, Janet K. Conkle and James L. Barfknecht; and by many nieces and nephews. Leonard was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Barfknecht.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 2nd at MILTON LAWNS MEMORIAL PARK in Janesville, WI, from 1 until 1:45 p.m. with Graveside services at 1:45 p.m.
Leonard’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the Wright Home Staff (Janesville) and Azura Memory Care (Beloit) for the incredible care and love shown to Smokey for the past 5 years.
Memorials may be made to the Beloit Hospice program on Smokey’s behalf. NIMSGERN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES of Woodruff, WI, is serving the family.
Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com