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James Norman Barke`

Dr. James Norman Barké           “beloved by all”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.----Born on July 8, 1943 in Woburn, MA, Dr. James Norman Barké, 76, of  Shinglehouse, known to family and friends as “Sandy” and to many as “Doc,” passed from this life on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Erie, PA, surrounded by loving family members.  Sandy, the first son of Dr. Harvey E. and Virginia P. Barké, spent his school years in Farmingdale, NY, and most summers in South Carver, MA. While a member of the US Air Force from 1966-1970, he moved from the northeast and came to know and love people and places in Texas, Arizona, and Louisiana. An intellectually curious and gifted man, he studied nuclear engineering at Arizona State University, earned a degree in Biology from Northeastern University, and a degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University. He worked as a nurse in Shreveport, LA. Before entering medical school and receiving his M.D. in 1986 from Ross University, completing an internship and his family practice residency in Reading, PA in 1989.

Dr. Barké fulfilled a dream by opening his family medical practice in Shinglehouse, PA where for over 20 years he helped hundreds of patients to heal, brought many babies (and then some of their babies) into the world, eased the suffering of those nearing their own passing, and comforted their loved ones. Sandy cared deeply for his patients, taking time to hear about their lives, not just their ailments.  He was a compassionate man and doctor.

In the countryside of Shinglehouse, he created his small farm where he raised animals, grew his own food, made beautiful cabinetry, and most of all cared for and enjoyed his family and friends in his “big house with room for all”. He was preceded in death and is now with his parents; brother Richard; beloved son, Dylan Harvey; grandson, Sebastian; and sister-in-law, Pam. Sandy proudly loved without condition all of his children, grandchildren, and family. Surviving are daughter, Rachael Mueller, her daughters, Kayla Mueller and Maddie McDermott; daughter, Allison Dickson West, husband Jordan, and children, Sylvia and Abraham; daughter, Brittney Barké and Brad Williams, and daughter, Quinn; and his twins, Gavin and his fiancée, Haley Morgan, their daughters, Brinley and Bristol; and Gillian Brubaker and husband Kyle, and their daughter, Rylynn; son, Jeremiah Mehl and wife Mary and children Kyle, Kala, Cheyenne, and Jocelyn; son, Benjamin Mehl and wife Ali, and daughter, Josey; son, Josh Mehl and wife Kendra, and children Angela, James, and Shiloh; son, Steven Mehl and wife Charlene, and daughter, Faith; son, Jason Mehl and Brianna Broscious, and daughter, Kira; daughter, Jessie Perry and husband Shane; and son, Daniel Mehl and Katie Guyach. He is also survived by three brothers, Robert and wife, Nancy; Charles and wife, Rosemary; and Harvey, and many beloved and loving nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He is also survived by the beloved mothers of his children Chris Barké, Joni Scott Dickson, Jan Barké (husband Tim Painter), and Carrie Lewis.

Sandy “Doc” Barké will be missed intensely.  Wherever he was throughout his life, his charm, his love and laughter, his devotion, his warmth and generosity touched those around him, and these gifts are a legacy that will be remembered and cherished.

A celebration of life to honor and remember Dr. Barké will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Puritan Street, Shinglehouse.  All are invited! Please bring a favorite memory to share. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors at 5 pm at the fire hall.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to donate do so to make memorials in Doc’s name to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Dr. Barké’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or our Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.



A candle was lit in memory of James Barke`

Becky Nolan Aug 31 2019 12:00 AM

To express my gratitude for Dr. Barke I must explain my situation.I was the type that worked10 hours a day, 6 days a week. Up at 5am and then worked on this ole house till late, get 5 hours sleep and do it all over the next day feeling great! One day it was "BANG" felt like I hit a brick wall! My legs felt like a 100#s each, was so weak and tired I slept in my easy chair for walking one flight of stairs was exhausting! I sought help with doctor after doctor and all I was told was "I was depressed" Really? Yeah! I am now-I cant function! Months later I found Dr. Barke on the internet and thought? what do I have to lose? The very first visit, he listened with compassion and after a blood test, concluded I had CFIDS! I have what? Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome! Never heard of itand there is no magic pill but finally I had an answer. Discussed proper nutrition along with B12 shots and eventually returned to work. Where would I have been if not for Dr. Barke and for this I will never forget him! After all these big city Drs. stated I was depressed, this small town Dr. listened with compassion and solved my huge problem, ThankYou Dr. Barke....

James Conner Aug 26 2019 12:00 AM

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

Vito & Nancy Lanzillo Aug 24 2019 12:00 AM

When my family moved to Smethport pa. there was no doctor that would take us. We met Dr. Barke in Coudersport hosp. He was kind and caring from then on we went to him for everything. We will all miss him.,. The best Doc around. Rest in Peace The Peffer Schroeder Family

janet schroeder Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Barke`

janet schroeder Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Barke`

Ray and Bobbie McGinnis Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Barke`

Betsey Kemp Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

He was the best Doctor! He always had time for the personal touch. He delivered all 4 of my children and cared for them until adult hood took them to other parts of the country! He was greatly missed when he retired and he will be missed for the joy he brought to everyone.

Carmelia Adams Aug 22 2019 12:00 AM

Dr Barke was a great man. Our community is a much sadder place without him. Love and prayers for his family

Dave and Kathy Garrity Aug 21 2019 12:00 AM

This makes me so sad,the best Doctor I ever had,he was my doctor for at least 28 years,he was an excellent doctor and a great man! RIP Doc,you will be greatly missed

Tammy Setzer Aug 21 2019 12:00 AM

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