Stanley Mack Barkley, 75, of Bloomfield, passed away.
Born Dec. 22, 1929 in Bloomfield, he was the son of Leland and Helen Haig Barkley.
He graduated from Bloomfield High School and subsequently attended one year at West Point. He furthered his education at DePauw University, graduating with an Economics degree in 1952. Upon graduation from DePauw, he received his commission and served as a Second Lieutenant during the Korean War stationed in Colorado Springs and at Fort Harrison in Indianapolis.
In 1954 he married the former Eleanor Thee and returned to his roots in Bloomfield, wherein he joined the Bloomfield State Bank. He had been with the bank ever since. He held practically every position known in the banking industry and was recently serving as Chairman of the Board. He guided the bank from one office of 5 million in assets to a multi-faceted operational company of over 350 million in assets with 12 locations in Indiana, Illinois, and Nevada. He was a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Wisconsin and a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Harvard. He served as a Regional President for the Indiana Bankers Association and served on its Board of Directors.
He served eight years as a Greene County Councilman. He was a member of the Republican Party and was a delegate to two National Conventions. His philanthropic interests were far and wide. He was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield. He was the longest serving Rotarian of the Bloomfield Rotary Club and also was a past president of the club. He was awarded Rotary's highest award, the Paul Harris Fellow honorarium. He was instrumental in establishing a low-income housing facility in Bloomfield in the late 1960s, which was a model of efficiency for the Department of Housing and Urban Development at the time.
He was one of the founding members of the Navy League of Crane and served as its president in 1968. The Navy league was instrumental in lobbying Congress stressing Crane's diverse importance to the military. He was involved in forming the Southern Indiana Development Commission which has helped numerous towns and cities in Southwestern Indiana to receive state and federal funding for infrastructure improvements. He was a member of the Greene County Historical Society which restored several historical edifices including the Covered Bridge in Bloomfield and the Scotland Hotel in Scotland. He sat on the board of directors of the Indiana State Historical Society. He was appointed to the State of Indiana Criminal Justice Commission and then was appointed to the State of Indiana Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board by the Governor of Indiana. He was honored the Sagamore of the Wabash award by Gov. Otis Bowen.
He was fascinated with the efficient use of energy resources. Ever the entrepreneur, he and his partners were pioneers 20 years early in the recycling of rubber as well as conversion of animal waste into fuel. Gasohol is just one of the products that can be traced back to him and his partner's early work. He loved the bank and all who were a part of it.
Survivors include: his wife Eleanor Thee Barkley; three sons, Dr. Craig Barkley of Clearwater, Fla., Bradford Barkley of Indianapolis, and Mark Barkley of Bloomington; daughters-in-law, Sandy and Julie; four grandchildren; one cousin Mack Rowe of Madison, Va.; his mother-in-law Helen Thee of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and a multitude of others that he affectionately referred to as his extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be at the Bloomfield Baptist Church on Friday, from noon-3 p.m. and Saturday from noon-1 p.m. A Celebration of Life will follow Saturday at the church.
Donations may be made to the Bloomfield Rotary Scholarship Foundation in care of any Bloomfield State Bank location.