GOREVILLE - Vernon Ray Barks Sr., 63, passed away at 10:05 a.m. Christmas morning, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at his home with family by his side.
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Services for Mr. Barks will be at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 29, in Blue Funeral Home in Goreville, with the Rev. Ron Ferguson officiating. Interment will be in Cana Cemetery Goreville. A time of gathering for family and friends will precede the funeral service from 9 to 11 a.m. today.
Memorial donations are suggested to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, P.O. Box 411, Marion, IL, 62959.
Vernon was born Thursday, Dec. 15, 1949, in St. Louis, to Vernon and Bessie Barks.
He married Rachael Jane Johnson on Monday, Aug. 20, 1984, in St. Louis. She preceded him in death Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, after 25 years of marriage.
Mr. Barks is survived by his children, Vernon Barks, Jr. of Goreville, Jeff and Karen Cooper of Hot Springs, Mo., Wayne Barks of Texas, Harry Barks of Arnold, Mo., and Nick Barks of House Springs, Mo.; grandchildren, Kayla, Samantha, Kylie, Jenny, Maddy, Makenzie, Lexy, Trinity, Sheyanne, Nicholas, Matthew, Angelina and Sabastian; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Jack and siblings, Harry and Fay Barks of Oakville, Mo., and Dee and John Walker of High Ridge, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Mr. Barks served in the U.S. Army as a Ranger during the Vietnam War, for which he received a Bronze Star. He loved to cook and spend time by the water, preferably camping. Vernon Ray was known for being a bit of a "jokester." He raised five boys alongside his wife, Rachael. He was a stern but loving father.
For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2012