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Barry M. Backes

May 19, 1959 August 8, 2012
Barry M. Backes
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Obituary for Barry M. Backes

Devoted and Loving Dad

Rockford - Barry M. Backes, 53, of Rockford died Wednesday, August 8, 2012, in his home, outliving expectations, after an eleven month battle with brain cancer. Born May 19, 1959, in St. Charles, the son of Robert W. and Clara V. (Kane) Backes. Graduated from DeKalb High School, DeKalb in 1977. Worked as a technical services manager for Marsh Products in Batavia from 1979 to 1989 then as a telecommunications technician for Hughes Communication in Rockford from 1989 to 1999 and currently worked as a field technician for ProCom Systems since 1999. Certified in BICSI telecommunications wiring, IMSA life safety and multiple phone systems. A twenty-year member of IBEW Local 364. Active in organ donation. Barry loved beekeeping, gardening, woodworking, fishing, the Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks.

Barry is lovingly survived by his daughter, Clara (Ryan Schaffer) Backes of Milwaukee, Wis.; longtime fianc, Jodi Landin Hermans of Rockford; brother, Robert (Jean) Backes of Seminole, Fla.; sisters, Cel (Joe) Holoubek of Burr Ridge, Victoria Sampson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Debbie (Donnie) Winter of Scales Mound; several nephews and nieces; and his loyal dachshund, Sami. Barry is predeceased by his daughter, Amanda Marie Backes on July 1, 2001; parents, Robert and Clara Backes; nephew, Michael Chesney; and loyal dachshund, DJ.

Special thanks to Ben and Sandi Milburn, along with Barry's sisters, Cel and Debbie, for their caring and loving support of Barry and Jodi through his illness. Thanks to everyone for their caring words, visits and time spent with Barry over the past difficult months.

Funeral Information

Memorial service at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2012, in Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago, the Rev. David Decker, pastor of Winnebago United Methodist Church, officiating. Memorial visitation 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2012, in the funeral home. Cremation rites accorded.

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