John Frederick "Fred" Barger

1917 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
John Frederick Barger "Fred" December 16, 1917 - July 10, 2012 John Frederick Barger "Fred" was born on December 16, 1917 in Ames, Iowa to Frank Barger and Hazel Hall Barger, the youngest of three children. He went to Heaven peacefully at Pacifica Assisted Living in Bakersfield, California on Tuesday July 10th after a short but courageous battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Engineering. He met his wife, Lois, in college and enjoyed 61 years of marriage until her death in 2002 from Alzheimer's disease. As her primary caregiver for every year except her last one, he was an exceptionally devoted husband and a wonderful father. He is survived by his three sons, Dennis (Laurie) Kihei, Maui, David (Jeri) Bakersfield, CA, Jamie (Kelly) Encinitas, CA , his daughter Martha (Jeff Patterson) Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, his grandchildren Shawn (Lymaris) Gainesville, Florida, Shannon (Melissa) Florence, Kentucky, Tony (Alison), Jim (Shannon) and Patrick Bakersfield, CA, Katie and Stacey Patterson, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Wyatt Encinitas, CA and his great grandchildren, Maya, Owen, Tyler, Ashton, Avery, Dylan, Makynna, and Heidi. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Army and was stationed in Northern Africa during World War II where he was a forward artillery spotter. His fascination with the camera gave us some special war pictures. As a result of a diagnosis of macular degeneration in the late sixties he was forced into early retirement from TRW in Los Angeles where he worked on the environmental control systems in the Minute Man Missiles. He and Lois "retired" to Bass Lake where he became very active in many other pursuits. In spite of his disability he was an avid boater and water-skier and was proud of his run at Lake San Antonio in his mid-eighties. He was a Past Commodore for the Crescent Bay Boat Club Los Angeles and the Bass Lake Boat Club as well. He snow skied each winter and was thrilled with his free senior pass at Badger. He took his camera everywhere and was always looking for the perfect shot. He built his own grandfather clock, mademany beautiful stained glass creations, could diagnose problems with engines and was always a willing consultant on any and all constructions projects for his family. He and Lois traveled extensively to Europe, Mexico, Canada, and South America and made many friends along the way. He was a lifelong Christian serving as an Elder at St. John's Presbyterian Church, West Los Angeles, CA. He was a member of the Elk's Lodge and Lions Club and a 30 year member of Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church in Oakhurst, California. Fred was a man who never missed an opportunity to say "thank you" for everything and anything like stopping by, a meal, a beer and even a simple sip of water. All of us feel very blessed to have had an opportunity to know him and love him. The family thanks Geraldine, Dr. Jorge del Toro, especially Allie and Melanie, Dr.Vinh-Linh Nguyen, especially Tina and Misty, Hoffman Hospice, especially Debbie and Kathy and every single member of the staff at Pacifica Assisted Living for their constant kindness and consideration to our dad. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hoffman Hospice or another . A chapel service will be held at Greenlawn Southwest 2739 Panama Lane on Tuesday, July 18th, at 10:00 A.M. with a viewing at 9:00 A. M. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 17, 2012
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