Barry's Story

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Barry Neil Lotspeich, 56, of Edmond, Okla., took his journey to Heaven on September 26, 2015. Barry was born on August 5, 1959 in Buffalo, Okla., to R.A. and Rosalee Lotspeich. He graduated from Laverne High School in 1978 and Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Barry was successfully self-employed in the insurance and annuity business for many years. On June 1st, 1985 he married his first love, Kim Burkitt, with whom he celebrated 30 years of marriage this past summer. Barry and Kim started their life together in Edmond, where they raised their two children, Lauren and Parker. The couple could be found most weekends cheering on their children at some sort of sporting event. A few aspects that many people remember most about Barry are his charismatic laugh, his contagious smile and his devotion to his family. Even in his later days of life, Barry was concerned about how his family members were feeling rather than being concerned about himself and his progressing disease. His steady love for the Lord and his family is what gave him his strength each day to continue fighting when his battle became tough. Anyone who knew Barry well is very aware that he was an avid Oklahoma State fan and frequently reminded his friends and family that “real fans wear orange”. He enjoyed the finer things in life including family dinners on Sundays, tailgating at OSU football games and a good glass of wine on the back porch every now and then. Barry is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Kim; daughter Lauren and husband Easton Miller; son Parker; soon to arrive grandson Miles Neil Miller; mother Rosalee Lotspeich; sister Jan and husband Steve Hedges; brother Troy and wife Becky; brother-in-law Jerry Burkitt and wife LaDonna; aunts, Joy Mahan and Alma Jo Lotspeich; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved friends. He is preceded in death by his father R.A. Lotspeich and cousins, Debbie Seeger, Kenney Seeger and Quenton Myatt. The family is eternally grateful for the extraordinary care that Barry received at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, which allowed him more time to enjoy with his family over the past few months. A heartfelt thank you specifically goes out to his cousin Dr. Kenney Weinmeister, who was instrumental in his exceptional care and whose family opened up their home and hearts to our family during Barry’s time in Dallas. A memorial service celebrating Barry’s life will be 2 p.m. Friday, October 2, at New Covenant United Methodist Church in Edmond. Those attending are asked to wear bright colors, specifically orange, to celebrate Barry’s bright life and love for his Cowboys. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Barry’s name to the Miles Against Melanoma Foundation of Oklahoma. Donations can be made through the website at http://www.mamak.org or can be sent to 7212 NW 109 Oklahoma City, OK 73162. Visitation will be at Baggerley Funeral Home in Edmond on Thursday, October 1st from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with family there to greet guests from 6 - 8 p.m. Condolences may be offered at baggerley.com.
Published on  September 29, 2015
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