Kenneth Earl Barrick

September 14, 1946
September 10, 2023 (76 years old)

In the vast tapestry of life, there are souls whose presence is deeply imprinted, creating patterns of love, memory, and resilience. Kenneth Earl Barrick, of Bloomington, Illinois, was one such soul. Born into a world vibrant with dreams and aspirations, Kenneth added to its richness until his departure on September 10, 2023, at the age of 76. Such departures remind us of the fragility of existence and the profound relationships that define us.

Kenneth’s journey on Earth began as the cherished son of Russell and Agnes Barrick (nee Cooper). Life’s twists and turns also brought him close to his former wife, Dianne Barrick (nee Slabaugh), whose memory he continued to hold dear. However, like every story with its shadows and sunlit moments, Kenneth faced the heart-wrenching departure of some dear ones: his brother Fred Barrick; his beloved parents; his siblings-in-law, Fred Albaugh, Don Gibson, and Pamela Slabaugh; and his niece, Sherri Imler (Albaugh).

But his life wasn’t just about goodbyes. It was enriched by the warm embraces and hearty laughter shared with those who remain to celebrate his legacy. This includes his doting son, Brian Barrick, and his wife, Heidi. Through them, Kenneth was blessed with two radiant granddaughters, Ainsley and Elliana Barrick, of Whitmore Lake, MI. Their laughter, innocence, and tales of adventure undoubtedly brought sunshine to his later years. His sisters, Joyce Rogers (Ken) of Kensington, OH, and Donna Albaugh (Barrick) of Minerva, OH, as well as his sister-in-law, Karen Gibson (Slabaugh), remain to cherish and share stories of the bond they shared.

As we bid farewell to Kenneth, we are reminded of the impermanence of life. However, his memory can continue to light the way for many. To ensure this, and in homage to his wife, Dianne, those who wish to offer a tribute may consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. Such a gesture would not only honor Kenneth’s memory but also lend strength to those who battle the debilitating grasp of Alzheimer’s, a cause close to his heart.

In this tender moment, as we navigate the intricate interplay of sorrow and remembrance, let Kenneth’s life be a testament to the enduring spirit of love, resilience, and community.

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