Obituary: Darrell “Barky” Lee Anderson

January 9, 1932 ~ December 22, 2022

Darrell “Barky” Lee Anderson, 90 years of Ellison Bay died Thursday December 22, 2022 at Door County Medical Center.

He was born January 9, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of the late Erick William and Thelma Marie (Freeman) Anderson. His family lived in Iowa for a time before moving to Door County around 1940. Barky attended Gibraltar Schools before entering the U.S. Army in 1950 and fought on the front lines of the Korean War with the 24th Infantry until being wounded and awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. For a time Barky sailed the Great Lakes, a job he thoroughly enjoyed, working for the Reiss Steamship company in Sheboygan until 1961. During that time sailing, Barky married Patricia Wickman on May 7, 1956 in Green Bay while his ship was in port. In 1961 he was hired by Berns Brothers Lumberyard which became Lamperts who he retired from. Barky also worked as the local constable for many years.

For Barky, being out of doors and in the woods served as his church. He was the originating organizer and President of the Northern Door Kiwanis Club. He had been a member of local veteran organizations.

He is survived by his four children, Pam (Tom) Hollister, Terry Chapman, Wyatt (Ellen) Anderson, Julie (Mike) Schell; seven grandchildren, Jen (Shawn) Zambarda, Jessa (Travis) Fournier, Becky (Aaron) Benzinger, Jacob (Cora) Bastian, Nicole Chapman, Desirae (Tony Odea) Chapman, Raquel Anderson; ten great-grandchildren, Reese, Annette, Francesca, Tatum, Elias, Adalie, Finn, Lukas, Ellis and Alden; twin sisters, Darlene Reinhard and Doris Reuter.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Erick and Thelma Anderson; wife, Patricia; and two brothers, Jerry “Chady” Anderson, Dale “A.” Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2023 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor with Rev. Gary Scharrig officiating. Burial will be at Ellison Bay Cemetery.

Friends may call Monday at the church from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. Military honors will follow at the church after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his memory.

Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Barky may be shared with his through his tribute page at