Barry Sinkular

  • Born: December 21, 1949
  • Died: January 1, 2017
  • Location: Dallas, South Dakota

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home
101 Gerkin
Gregory, SD 57533
Tel. (605) 835-9111

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Barry by adding your memories and photos.

Barry Lynn Sinkular was born on December 21, 1949, in Gregory, SD, to Woodrow and Elsie (Schmidt) Sinkular, joining twin brothers Ken and Kent. He graduated from Gregory High School in 1968 and from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1973 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Barry married Carol Dykeman in 1985 and they later divorced.

He married Jeannette Adams on August 3, 1991.

Barry was a lifelong farmer and rancher until his retirement in March 2010.

When he wasn't farming or ranching, Barry loved to fish, golf and play cards, which made his transition into retirement an easy and enjoyable one. His favorite summer pastime was walking in the mornings in Gregory with Clarence Ehnes and Perry Powell and then heading to the course for a round of "geezer golf" and then back to the course on Wednesday afternoons for league play. He also made uncountable trips with brothers-in-law and friends to the Missouri River for walleye fishing and fished the local bass dams if the walleye weren't biting. When the weather didn't cooperate for fishing or golfing you could find him socializing and playing cards at the Dallas Mini-Mart. He also spent many hours playing Hearts and FreeCell on the computer. Barry liked to watch football and baseball (Minnesota Twins mostly) on television but his all-time favorite TV show was "All In The Family"--Archie Bunker made him laugh out loud. Barry also enjoyed watching Gregory High School Football and attended regularly.

Barry liked to travel and he and Jeannette enjoyed vacations to Mexico, Florida, Arizona, Washington State, Oregon and Canada. He, along with relatives and friends, took several fishing trips to Alaska, also.

Barry passed away suddenly on January 1, 2017, in Vermillion, SD, at the age of 67 years.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannette, of Dallas; Nieces Carleen (Randy) Baumgartner of Reliance and Stephanie Sinkular of Winner; Nephews Clint Sinkular of Gregory and Jeff (Mandy) Sinkular and their children Kaelee and Jacob of Dallas; Mother-in-law, Leila Adams of Gregory; In-laws Gail Sinkular of Platte; Rodger (Kate) Adams and their children Stephen, Michael, Mary Elizabeth of Papillion, NE; Mike (Barb) Adams of Vermillion; Bruce (Glenda Joy) Adams of Sioux Falls and his daughter April (Jerrett) Jennings and their children Morgan, Olivia, Harper of Sioux Falls; and by many cousins and friends.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ken, his brother Kent and sister-in-law Deloris Sinkular, his father-in-law Ken Adams, and his sister-in-law Glenda Jean Adams.

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Funeral services for Barry Sinkular, 67, of Dallas, SD, were held Friday, January 6, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Royal Archer and Pastor Clay Lundberg officiating. A prayer service was held Thursday evening at the church.

Music was provided by Bette Fogel, pianist, and Clay Lundberg, soloist, singing "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone." Congregational hymn was "Hymn of Promise." Recorded music was "Hallelujah" by Pentatonix.

Carleen Baumgartner, Stephanie Sinkular, April Jennings, and Mary Elizabeth Adams were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Amanda Green, Shawn Miner, and Carol Davis.

Casket Bearers were Jerrett Jennings, Stephan Adams, Michael Adams, Randy Baumgartner, Jeff Sinkular, and Christopher Sinkular.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Gregg & Pat Lundberg, Steve & Karli McCance, Bill Sinkular, Barry's golfing friends, Dallas Mini Mart friends, and fishing friends.

Interment was in the Hillview Cemetery, Dallas, SD.


Condolence & Memory Journal

George and I were surprised to hear of Barry's passing. The Sinkular twins graduated a year ahead of me and Barry and my sister, Sandy, graduated a year after me.

We both enjoyed watching the DVD that you all made about Barry. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

George and Linda Stukel Boles

Posted by Linda Stukel Boles - Gregory, SD - Friend   January 16, 2017

So sorry to hear about Barry's passing, Jeannette. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Fran & Terry Berendes - Pierre - Friend   January 06, 2017


So sorry to hear of your loss and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jerry Jones
A Fellow Finance Officer

Posted by Jerry Jones - Lennox, SD - Friend   January 06, 2017

I am so very shocked and saddened to learn of Barry's passing. I've known him since we were freshmen in high school as we were high school and college classmates and lifelong friends. RIP my friend.

Posted by ROGER NELSON - BLANCHARDVILLE, WI - Classmate   January 05, 2017

I am sincerely sorry for your loss, Jeannette. I could always tell that you two genuinely enjoyed each other and I knew how much your traveling excursions meant. I remember the time we ran into you two when you were getting ready for your Mexico trip with Bruce and Glenda. I know you will have several memories to cherish from your trips. Sending prayers your way. With deepest sympathy Nancy (Drees) Schoen

Posted by NANCY SCHOEN - Sioux Falls, SD - Friend   January 05, 2017


Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I always enjoyed running into you and Barry when I was visiting family in Gregory.

Take care of yourself and all the happy memories that you and Barry shared.

My sincerest regards,

Posted by Monica Schmiedt - Atlanta, GA - Friend   January 04, 2017

Dear Jeannette,
We are sending our deepest sympathy to you. We were so sorry to hear the news of Barry. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your precious memories sustain you in the days and weeks to come.

Posted by Glenn & Cindy Sealey - Colome, SD - Friend   January 04, 2017

Jeanette, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry.

Posted by Carol Moyer - Colome, SD - Friend   January 04, 2017

RIP Barry! Dear Jeannette, I feel so bad for you and am praying that God comfort you & your family during this difficult time! I went to high school with Barry. I didn't get to see him alot of late but consdered him a dear friend. On those few times that I was lucky enough to run into him, his 1st words were always "hello Wonnie"! He was a good man and I will miss him! May the Peace of God be with you! I'm so sorry!

Posted by Ron Nikodym - Shawnee, KS - Friend   January 04, 2017

Jeanette so sorry to hear of your loss love and trust in the Lord and he will help you through this very difficult time. Jane

Posted by Jane Leibel    January 04, 2017

A good friend will be missed. Many fond memories of ''growing up together'' for Judy, and for Dave , a good friend. He will be missed by many. Our heartfelt prayers are with Barrys family.

Posted by Dave and Judy Drey - Hartford, SD - Friend   January 04, 2017

I am sorry about your loss

Posted by LeRay Smith - Dallas, SD - Family Friend   January 03, 2017

Jeanette, we were saddened to hear of Barry's passing. We send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to help you through this difficult time. Fill your heart with the happy memories you shared with him.

Posted by Pat & George Weston - Oklahoma City, OK - Acquaintance   January 03, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of Barry's passing, we grew up neighbors on the farm and he was always a great guy. Happy memories will help you through this sad time. Prayers to you!

Posted by Donna Harrison - Sioux Falls, SD - Friend   January 03, 2017


The class of 1974 wishs to send our most sincere sympathy to Jeanette and all of Barry's family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Alice Miner - Gregory, SD - Classmate   January 03, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss of Barry. I remember the few times golfing with the "geezers" after I retired and before we moved to Columbus. Also I graduated with Ken and Kent, I spent several nights and weekends with them on the farm. I remember hunting, fishing, and jeep driving and Barry being involved in many of them. They were great friends. I hope the Lord will give Barry a place at one of his favorite fishing holes. May the Lord bless you and give you many fond memories.. - Mike & Bevs

Posted by Mike and Bev Gassen - Columbus, NE - Friend   January 03, 2017

Jeanette, I am so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and as you go forward. May God's warmth and comfort surround you.
Dennis & Mitzi Drey

Posted by Mitzi Drey - Sioux Falls, SD - Friend   January 03, 2017


My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know he and Rollie were very good friends. Sincerely, DeAnn

Posted by DeAnn Hill - Omaha, NE - Friend   January 03, 2017


Our family was good friends with Barry and his parents. We spent many hours visiting back and forth during our grade school years. I have many fond memories of card parties and fishing trips that we took together. Barry will be greatly missed any our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Posted by Gilbert Zimbelman - Estacada, OR - Friend   January 02, 2017

Jeanette ~ So very sorry to hear of Barry's passing. Such a fun loving personality and warm hearted person he was
He will be missed. His life was felt by all who he touched. TOM and Laura Hollingsworth

Posted by Laura Hollingsworth Hollingsworth - Vermillion, SD - Friend   January 02, 2017

Jeanette, we are so sorry. The suddenness of being with out Barry makes it so much harder. All the memories of unreaslized plans are crushing. Mom-Bess Madsen- and I are planning to be there for the funeral. If we get there early enough Thursday we would love to be at the prayer service. May you feel Jesus holding your hand through this entire process. He loves you so much and and is feeling every bit of grief and concerns that you are having. You are never alone. I'll always remember Barry's jolly, happy wide smile. We love you.

Posted by Deb Burow - Cape May, NJ - Family   January 02, 2017


Our very heartfeldt sympathy to Jeanette and all of Barry's family.
From the class of 1974

Posted by Class of 1974 - SD - Classmate   January 02, 2017

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This was in August of 2015 taken in Gregory

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Barry and Clarence walking in early May, 2016

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Life Stories

August 2015 - I drove up to see Barry and Jeanette and Aunt Elsie & Gail. Barry spent a whole day with me. I must have driven him nuts as he drove his crazy cousin (me) around to take photos of old barns and old equipment. I got to spend time with Barry and Jeanette and those couple days meant the world to me. We had laughs, shared stories and he was so generous to me. I know Barry loved golfing and playing cards. When I was a young kid I always got to ride on farm equipment with Barry and Woody. Barry was a giant teddy bear and he will be missed. Godspeed Barry on your journey.