"I never had a chance to work with Barry, but his reputation and expertise were well known in Varian Service. There are just a handful of us fellow Coasties working at Varian and I was saddened to learn of his passing. He will be greatly missed. Fair winds and following seas sir."
"My wife Cathy and I have known Barry almost as long as we have been in Dutch Creek Woodlands and that would be 27 years. Definitely a boater's legend around here and on the Chain O' Lakes/Fox River, too! He has helped me with my boat in my driveway volunteering lots of time to fix it once upon a time. Always fun to be around. He was the first "Coastie" with a brick at the Johnsburg Armed Forces Memorial at the Johnsburg Community Club and also wanted his sons Connor and Blake to be there too... as sons of a Coast Guardsman! Thanks for being there when you were, Barry, Colonel George Braun-sending"
"Barry was one of those guys who you meet for the first time, and he makes you feel like you have been friends for YEARS.. I have always referred to him as my Cousin-in Law and always will. My Heart goes out to Connor and Blake and ALL in the Lemcke Family. He will be sorely missed. Smooth Sailings Captain."
"Barry was one of the first field engineers I had the pleasure of meeting in person when I started at Varian. As a field engineer, he regularly stopped by the Des Plaines office and always made a point to say hi to Dispatch. When he took on the task of District Manager he was one of the best to work with and always went above and beyond for the customers. I remember one of the many times I had to contact Barry (well after working hours) for a down machine. A couple of engineers had already spoke with the customer over the phone. I told Barry it needs an engineer onsite and I couldn't find anyone available to take the late request. As the manager, Barry called the customer, within 10 minutes he called me back and told me the machine was fixed. He had walked the customer through what needed to be done over the phone. I told him I would never doubt his abilities again. He chuckled and I could feel his smile through the phone. It won't be the same not getting to hear his voice on the other end of the line at Varian. I am very grateful for his dedication and commodore. I will keep the Lemcke family in my thoughts.