ROCHESTER - Floyd Vernon Barker, age 97, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2013, at the Rochester Manor. Floyd was born in Burlington, Maine, on April 22, 1915. He married Muriel Hoyt of Newington on December 17, 1943, and was her faithful and loving husband until her death in February 2006.
Floyd is survived by his son, Peter Barker of Rochester and his daughter, Pam (Larry Smith) of Parksville, British Columbia, Canada, his grandsons Cory Smith (Chelsea Balsdon) of Calgary, Alberta, and Nathan Smith (Suzanne Guenette) and great-grandsons Andrew and Braydon Smith of Edzo, Northwest Territories.
Floyd was raised in Enfield, Maine, and graduated from high school in Howland, Maine in 1932. He moved to Long Island, New York, in 1935 and trained with and worked for Bartlett's Tree Service for 4 years. He then attended a 2-year agricultural college on Long Island and upon completion of the program, he worked as a farm manager in upstate New York until he went into the Army in 1943.
After World War II ended, he attended the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, and received his bachelor's degree in Soil Conservation. He worked in Maine and then for many years in New Hampshire as a Soil Conservationist. Later in his career, he worked for the Extension Service of the University of New Hampshire as an "Environmental Specialist."
Floyd was a very knowledgeable outdoorsman and hunter, and after his retirement, he and Muriel enjoyed many years of camping and traveling, including several trips to Western Canada to visit their grandsons.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in the Dutton Room of the Granite Steak and Grill, 11 Farmington Road, Rochester (603-332-3100). Guests are asked to please park and enter at the back of the restaurant.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
in Floyd's memory.
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