Timothy Lee Barfknecht

January 26, 1956 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 67) 67 Years Old
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Timothy Barfknecht Obituary

Timothy Lee Barfknecht, also known as Tim to his friends and loved ones, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2024, in Duluth, MN.


Born on January 26, 1956, Tim's life was marked by kindness, generosity, and a wonderful sense of humor that endeared him to all who knew him.


Tim grew up in a close-knit family and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jennifer Barfknecht (Anderson) who was a constant source of joy in his life. He was also preceded in death by his older sister, Darlene Barfknecht; his parents, Wilson Barfknecht Sr. and Marion Barfknecht; his sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Graham Petrell; and his older brother, Wilson Barfknecht Jr.


His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his nieces: Melanie Sokoloski, Kersten Conley, and Annette Petrell; his grandniece, Kelly Petrell; his grandnephew and Godson, Dakota Sokoloski; his grandniece, Kara Conley; and his grandnephew, Bjorn Conley. He also leaves behind a great-grandniece, Ayda; numerous cousins; and a community of friends who were touched by his warm presence.


Tim was a proud graduate of Biwabik High School, class of 1974. He carried the spirit of his hometown with him as he pursued higher education, culminating in a degree in psychology from St. Cloud State University. Professionally, Tim dedicated many years of service to the Virginia Medical Center and Minntac.


An enthusiast of the great outdoors, Tim found solace and joy in hunting and target shooting. Tim's love for dogs, especially German Shepherds, was well-known amongst his friends and family. His canine companions were more than pets; they were members of his family, loyal friends, and steadfast protectors.


Those who knew Tim can attest to his kind heart. He was the kind of person who would go out of his way to help others, never expecting anything in return. He will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of crossing paths with him.


A Celebration of Life and burial will occur in Spring 2024.

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