Ralph Barker

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Ralph Allen Barker

Battle Creek

Ralph Allen Barker, age 61, of Battle Creek, MI passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014 after a lengthy illness.  He was born July 29, 1952 to parents James M. Barker and Norma Bouzan.  In his youth he enjoyed being free to travel via foot and thumb, from one side of the country to the other, then telling everyone about his many experiences.  One in particular was being at Woodstock, his prized adventure. Ralph was an animal lover.  Over the years he owned a buffalo, a mule, cats, dogs, birds and horses.  He enjoyed going on trail rides.  Ralph never met a stranger, trusted everyone, and would do anything for anyone.  His lifetime theme was, "I did it my way," and would want to be remembered that way.  Ralph was manager of Old Orchard Campground until ill health forced him to retire. 

Ralph leaves behind his mother, Norma B. Barker; sisters, Sally (Rick) Hunt, Martha B. (Craig) Purvis; aunt, Connie Snyder; numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Melania Barker.      

A funeral service will be held at Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3:00PM with Pastor Codde officiating.  A private family interment will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Animal Shelter, , or the .  Friends may send condolences or share a memory at baxterfuneral.com.  Arrangements by Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service.  (269)788-9800

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Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
375 W Dickman Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49037
(269) 788-9800
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 20, 2014
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