Herbert Barker Jr.

Herbert Barker Jr.

Herbert Barker, 91, died on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from pneumonia, surrounded by members of his family. He was born in Culver City, California to Herbert Barker, Sr. and Lucy Marie Goley, the first of four boys.

During the depression, the family moved back to Oklahoma where his parents had been born. He was quite proud of his Indian heritage, which is from the Lenni Lanape tribe and loved to tell stories of how he and his brothers played, hunted and fished in the woods.

After high school, he joined the Navy, where he proudly served on a Sub Chaser which participated in various major actions throughout the Pacific. He had many interesting stories about his time in the service which his family loved to hear. he was very proud to be included in the first Honor Flight from Odgen, Utah two years ago which took veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials. He was excited to make the trip with his friends, Jesse Tracy and Malcolm Holt, along with the other veterans.

In 1948 he married Ruth Gassard, with whom he had three children, Lyn Elen Barker, Jan Louise Barker and John Anthony Barker. 

He received his BA from UCLA while he and Ruth both worked to support their new family. At one time in his professional life, Dad worked for a company which had a contract with NASA where he was able to work with the seven original astronauts as they prepared for the Apollo program.

After he and Ruth divorced, Herb married Barbara Gillis. When he retired, they were able to travel the western part of the country, which he really enjoyed. They finally settled in Ogden to be close to his oldest daughter and her family. Herb and Bobbie were together until her passing in 2011. 

Dad was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest brother, Keith. He is survived by two brothers: Norman Barker of Shelton, Washington and Ray Barker of Heavener, Oklahoma; his three children, ten grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of The Gardens Assisted Living where Dad lived for five years and to the staff of Ogden Regional Hospital and the staff of Stonehenge of Ogden where he received excellent care. Also, we extend much gratitude and affection to Brandy Millward, Nicki Ninalga, Dr. April Krutka and Dr. Heidi Reganass of the Palliative Care Unit of McKay-Dee Hospital.