Reverend David C. Barker, a retired Lutheran minister, 79, of Wabasha, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in the hospice room at St. Elizabeth's Health Care Center in Wabasha.
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He was born March 5, 1934, in Owatonna, the son of George and Ann (Prokopec) Barker. He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1952. He then graduated from Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis from the baking department. He married Janice Waananen on Oct. 30, 1954, in Rochester. David served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1958, stationed in Germany and Fort Benning, Ga. In 1960, he and Janice purchased the Pequot Lakes Bakery and operated the business for nine years. While in the baking business he began his college education and graduated from the University of MN-Duluth in 1967, and in 1970 he graduated from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul. He was ordained in the American Lutheran Church at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna on Dec. 27, 1970.
David served churches in Montana from 1971-1980. The couple moved to Duluth in 1981, where he served Zion Lutheran Church from 1981-1994. He served First Lutheran Church in Pine River until 1997 when he retired from the called ministry. He also served as interim pastor at churches in Minnesota and Texas. Upon the couple's move to Wabasha in 2005, he served the area as a pulpit supply minister.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Lake City. He also was a member of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha and served the center as a classroom presenter for five years. He also was an active volunteer for St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Wabasha.
David is survived by his wife, Janice Barker, Wabasha; brother-in-law, Marlyn Gillespie, Hudson, Fla.; nephew, Kent Gillespie, Palm Harbor, Fla.; niece, Kathy Buckley, Bentonville, Ark.; Janice's sisters, Arlene (Doug) Carlson, Duluth and Bonnie (Matt) Belille, Wyoming, Minn.; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ann Barker; and one sister, Shirley Gillespie.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Lake City, with the Rev. Darren Paulson officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Lake City. Military rites will be performed by the Lake City American Legion Post No. 110 and Lake City VFW Post No. 8729.
Family and friends may call at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha on Friday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday one hour before the service.
The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements. abbottfh.com
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Sept. 21, 2013