Long-time Montana Tavern Association member James "Jim" Barkell died Thursday, July 5, 2007, at his home in Alberton.
He and his wife, Kathy, were well known in tavern circles, having owned and operated three establishments in western Montana, starting with Derry's Marina (later to become the Sitting Duck), a lunch, dinner and licensed beverage establishment in Woods Bay on the east shore of Flathead Lake.
The Barkell's sold that and bought the Moose Bar in Dillon which they operated for 15 years. During that time, they also bought and operated the Buffalo Lodge south of Dillon at Clark Canyon Reservoir, which they sold six years later.
After the Moose was sold, the Barkell's bought the Sitting Duck back and ran it until their retirement along Petty Creek near the Clark Fork River just outside Alberton three years ago.
Jim served as president of the South West Montana Tavern Association for eight or nine years, according to Kathy. The SWMTA comprises Madison and Beaverhead counties.
Jim was born March 11, 1936, in Twin Bridges, to Kenneth and Luella Barkell. He was raised in Silver Star and Nyhart and graduated from Twin Bridges High School in 1956.
Jim spent two years in the Army, serving in Korea before his discharge in 1960. He then worked various jobs including the construction of the missile sites near Great Falls before entering the Moler Barber School in Spokane. Upon graduation from barber school, Jim worked as a barber in Butte until 1977.
Jim married Kathy Sutherland on April 17, 1967. Throughout his life Jim most enjoyed working along-side Kathy to grow their business ventures and "hold court" over a cool beverage with friends and family.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Luella, and siblings, Lucille Faller, Andrea Sivumaki, Keith Barkell and Tom Barkell; and grandson, Brandon Welch.
Jim is survived by his wife, Kathy Barkell of Alberton; sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Melissa Barkell of Frenchtown and Ty and Linda Barkell of Thornton, Colo.; daughters and son-in-law, Lynn and Bob Welch of Soda Springs, Idaho, and Tammy Barkell of Kalispell; grandchildren, Jade Barkell, Ariel James, Amber Weprek, Ty Barkell, Jr.; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Jim is also survived by siblings, Margie Powers of Butte, Dick and Margaret Barkell of Anaconda and Dale and Betty Barkell of Silver Star.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m. from the K&L Mortuary Chapel at Twin Bridges followed by graveside services at the Silver Star Cemetery. The family then hosted a celebration of life at the Blue Anchor in Twin Bridges from 2 to 5 p.m. for family and friends.
Memorials were suggested for St. Jude's.Source: The Montana Tavern Times, September, 2007, published monthly by Continental Communications, 125 W. Granite St., Suite 102, Butte, MT 59701.