Robert C. Barker, 89, of Eaton, passed away Thursday afternoon May 2, 2013 at the Greenbriar Senior Living Campus, where he resided for several years.
He was born June 8, 1923 near Coeburn, Virginia. He was the eldest of six sons of Garland and Dicie (Moore) Barker. He was married to Wylnetta Irene (Oler) on April 29, 1944, recently celebrating their 69 years of marriage. The couple lived many years near Eldorado. Robert was a longtime member of Wares Chapel United Methodist Church. He was employed by Chrysler Airtemp, Dayton, and retired after 37 years of service. In addition he worked at Henny Penny Corporation in Eaton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother in law, Luther and Bessie Oler; three brothers, James, Jack and Harrison Barker, and an infant daughter, Joyce Ann.
He is survived by his wife, Wylnetta, sons and daughters in law; Robert and Cathy Barker of Lakeland, Florida; Richard Barker and Matthew Schlansky of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Tim and Cynthia Barker of Palm City, Florida; and daughter Jan and son-in-law Pat Hackett of Knoxville, Tennessee; four grandchildren and spouses: Lori (and Bob) Ward, Matt (and Sara) Barker, Amy (and Deven) Robillard and Jesse (and Ali) Sheehan; seven great-grandchildren, two brothers, Tom (and Marilyn) Barker, of Richmond, Indiana and Charles (and Judy) Barker, of Lakeland, Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Sunday, May 5, at the Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home located at 226 West Main Street, Eaton, followed by a graveside service at the Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison.
Memorial donations can be made to the Monroe Township Food Bank, 1060 Foos Road, West Manchester, OH 45382 and or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.gsbfuneralhome.com.