BRANFORD, Conn. - Herbert Louis Barker, 88, died Feb. 27, 2012, at Connecticut Hospice Hospital.
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He was born in Branford Jan. 21, 1924, the son of Bertram and Olive (Rose) Barker.
He graduated in 1942 from Branford High School where he participated in sports and played violin.
Mr. Barker then enlisted in the Army Air Force and served with the 16th Bomber Group in the Pacific Theater. He survived a B-24 training crash in Mountain Home, Idaho, and saved two airmen from the burning plane. Upon his return from the Pacific, he enrolled in the University of Connecticut at Storrs and earned a degree in agriculture.
He owned and operated Branford Dairy Inc. with his father and brother. In 1972, he and his wife opened a bed and breakfast, The Green Mountain Tea Room, in South Wallingford, Vt., and operated it until their retirement.
He enjoyed basketball, football, baseball, hockey, and worked with Yale Athletic Association in New Haven as a ticket taker and head usher. He was an avid Yankees fan.
Survivors include six children, Karen Kalfas of Margate, Fla., Robert of Wallingford, Vt., Donald and Thomas of Rutland, Vt., Richard of Branford and Kenneth Barker of Bristol, Vt., and three grandchildren.
Mr. Barker was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Margaret Louise "Peg" (Benedict), whom he married July 28, 1947, and a brother, Harold.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice Hospital, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.
Published in Rutland Herald on Mar. 2, 2012