Barry Huisken, 41, of Bruce, died Thursday, March 16, 2017.
Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting until the time of service.
Barry Gene Huisken entered this world on Oct. 24, 1975 already full of life and love. Being the middle child of his adoptive family, Barry’s “I can too,” attitude kept him up to pace with his older brother, Jeff, and his protective nature shielded his little sister, Laura. His parents Gary and Leila instilled in him Christian values, to be responsible, and a strong work ethic.
Surrounded by good friends at Volga Christian Grade School, Brookings High School, and the neighborhood hoodlums, his interests grew as he did. He went from four wheels on a skateboard to working under the hoods of cars – from soccer, Tae Kwon Do and trick riding his Torquer II to computers, BMX, and deer hunting.
Through these changes, Barry’s teachers praised him for his keen mind and creative skills. His ability to obtain knowledge through memorization helped his team win the Wesleyan Bible Bowl 1992 International Championship.
As an adult, Barry’s interests didn’t stray, but grew. For over 15 years he was part of the Brookings Plumbing and Heating family, having the opportunity to put his knowledge and skills to use. With his giving heart, he took all calls, day or night, to help with any problem big or small. His love of cars put him on the pit crew of the Prussman Racing Team. Living near Bruce, he cultivated loving relationships with his family at the Jay Street Pub, where his dog, Axl, sat next to him on his own stool.
While driving home on March 16, 2017, Barry’s full and eventful life was cut short, but he will always be remembered for his loving heart and selfless spirit.
He is survived by his mom Leila Huisken-Muzzey (Paul); brother, Jeff; little sister Laura Lee, favorite sister-in-law Brita, nephew Danny (Trent), niece Brookers (Brooke and special friends Leroy and Shirley Voss of Brookings.