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Kathy sent Barry's obit today. She also sent some additional pictures. That will take me awhile to get those in! headscratch


Barry E. Weeks, 58, Lake Elmo, passed away unexpectedly on December 7. Preceded in death by Sister Tracy Weeks. Survived by wife of 36 years Kathy, Father Bruce (Pat Hurd), Sister Shelley (Scott) Rische, Mother Ceridwen Sanders (Rick Bowen), and many nieces and nephews.

Barry was born February 15, 1963. He was a 1980 graduate of Stillwater Sr. High. He bragged that he lived on the same street in Lake Elmo his whole life, but enjoyed driving and traveling. We traveled to many States in search of 1940 Chevrolet trucks and parts, went to hundreds of swap meets and car shows over the years, and enjoyed as many sights and landmarks as possible along the way, always taking back roads and the roads less traveled.

Barry was a Journeyman Tool & Die Moldmaker, and machinist, and was successfully and happily self employed for over 20 years as owner of Weeks-End Machine. He loved fishing, dogs, racing, and Chevy trucks. He was proud of his many 1940 Chevrolet trucks, and was 1940 Chevy technical advisor in several antique Chevrolet clubs.

Barry was proud his ability to figure out how to make a part for any machine, for any purpose, and make things run. He enjoyed a challenge. Many people sought Barry’s input and advice on how to make something old or worn out work again. He was highly talented and always ready to help someone in need, or connect people to what they needed. He was the answer man.

Barry valued his friendships above all, and knew so many people - locally, from many States, and even other Countries - and kept in touch with them all. He looked forward to coffee every morning with his group of friends, and welcomed new friends to the group. He had a decades-old standing date for lunch “get together” every Wednesday at Twin Point Tavern with his many friends... everyone was welcome to join the table, and add a topic for discussion.

Barry will be greatly missed by many people far and wide. His influence on people was positive, and lasting.

Thanks goes out to the nurses and doctors and staff at Lakeview Hospital, who took such good care of Barry while he was struggling with a Covid infection.

A celebration of Barry’s life will be planned for Spring 2022, and will be announced at a later date.


Barry knew so many people that I did not want to fill a funeral home or venue with our family and friends and have someone contract Covid - I would just die if that happened - so, I talked with Barry's Dad and a few of our close friends and everyone agreed it would be better to have celebration of Barry's life in the Spring or warm weather. Barry had told me and several of our friends he wanted a big party instead of a funeral, and have everyone stand around and tell stories. One of our friends mentioned his celebration will look like an antique car show or street rod show. So, I am looking in our area for a large place to accommodate as many of our friends, family and neighbors who I think will come celebrate Barry's life, and try to have a celebration/party that he wanted.

~~ Kathy Weeks

Last edited by Peggy M; Mon Dec 27 2021 07:37 PM.

Peggy M
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RIP Barry, I've used or shared his tech tips articles with many people over the years.

Stay safe folks.


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Sorry to hear of Barry's passing,what a great guy!,bought a grill for my 40 chevy from him some time ago and really nice and informative person

Karl j Townsend
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I first met Barry "virtually" here on the SBP about 2000 and had the pleasure to be able to hang out with him in person starting in about 2006 when we moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. Living only 20 miles apart it was easy to drop by for great conversation in his shop, many Wednesday lunches at Twin Point tavern with other local friends, Back to the 50's shows at the state fairgrounds, trips to junkyards in western Minnesota and so many other memorable times. Barry helped me get my '39 GMC pickup from Kansas and my '52 GMC suburban from Wisconsin as well as hauling several other trucks for other friends. He was a great resource for getting familiar with the '39/40 pickups and I am forever grateful. Without him, I probably wouldn't own those trucks today. He will be missed and I'm glad I had the time to get to know him.
About 2009, a group of friends drove their trucks across the USA and made a stop to see my family and of course we had to drop by and see Barry. Ken Brown needed a replacement starter drive and Barry had the part "in stock". A test drive of the truck was needed and Ken put Barry in the left seat. I grabbed a few pictures and off they went around the block.


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So sad to read of this. Godspeed Barry.

Larry Kephart
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I met Barry about 40 years ago. In 1980 or 1981, I had purchased a 1940 GMC model AC102 1/2 ton long box pickup. I responded to his ad a few months later in the wanted section of the MSRA monthly newsletter looking for 1940 Chevy truck parts and contact with other 1940 Chevy truck owners. We met up, compared notes and became friends. We met at swap meets, went to junkyards together and compared our latest vintage speed equipment finds. Together we learned the ins and out of Chevy and GMC pickups. We learned that the Chevy 216 cu. in. engine in my GMC truck didn't belong there and all the other differences of the 2 different brands. We went on all kinds of adventures together, the most memorable being the time we were in northern Minnesota near the town where his Grandparents resided. We were examining some trucks in an open field when shots rang out over our heads from the nearby mobile home. That was the probably fastest two guys ever trudged thru the snow back to their vehicle up on the road and exited the area. Barry was an exceptional machinist. I left the antique truck world and got onto Garden Tractor Pulling. Barry modified or made many parts for my tractors, from clutch parts to transmission gears to differential parts from my amateur drawings, always producing precision parts that were exact fit and maximum durability. All the words in the previous posts are true, he was always there when you needed help, ready to give his advice how things should be done and help you do it if need be. You will be missed by all my friend, RIP Barry.

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I never meet the man but from what I can surmise from the conversations I have had with him, he sure was a great guy. I will miss him.


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Kathy said I should share this:

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Sounds like a cool event to celebrate his life. Unfortunately it's too far for most of us.

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