PAUL LESTER BARKER Jr.
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PAUL LESTER BARKER JR., 82, of Fort Wayne, passed onto heaven on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Born July 7, 1938, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Paul L. Barker Sr. and Dorothy Peoples Barker. He served in the Army from 1958 to 1962. Paul obtained degrees in Industrial Technology and in Management, from Syracuse University and Indiana Wesleyan University. His career in Industrial Engineering and Foundry Management spanned 40 years and was honored with several national awards, including the 2002 McFadden Gold Medal and 2006 Foundry Hall of Honor induction. Paul's life was marked by tireless service, and an indefatigable sense of humor. He spent 15 years in Foundry Educational Foundation leadership and 25 years on Trine University's Cast Metals Advisory board. Paul was a dedicated Mason for more than 50 years and Shriner since 1987; he served as Legion of Honor Commander of the Great Lakes Shrine Association from 2013 to 2015. In retirement, Paul thoroughly enjoyed transporting Fort Wayne area children and their families to Shriners Hospitals in Illinois and Ohio. He was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. Paul was selflessly devoted to his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (John) Scott of Los Alamos, N.M.; twin sons, Paul (Julie) Barker III of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Glenn Barker of Amherst, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and sisters, Beverly Graber and Linda LeValley. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, with visitation from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held in NY at a future date. Burial will be at Elmlawn Cemetery in Kenmore, N.Y. Memorials may be given to the Foundry Educational Foundation, www.fefinc.org

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Oct. 14, 2020.
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October 17, 2020
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Kimberly Scott
Daughter
October 17, 2020
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October 17, 2020
Uncle Paul "Skip" never failed to make me smile. He always took time to put people at ease and he will be missed.
Amy Dake
Family
October 14, 2020
Paul was a great guy to work with as a foundry professor. He effort in reviving the cast metals education activity at Tri-state
(now Trine) University was legendary.
Von Richards
Coworker
October 14, 2020
Paul was a true gentleman and a great friend of Trine University. One of the founding fathers of Trine's renowned foundry program. He'll be truly missed.
Forrest Flocker
Acquaintance
October 14, 2020
The name Paul Barker will remain synonymous with excellence in metal casting and education. Paul provided a benchmark for many of us to give back to the industry that few will achieve.
Jerry Thiel
Acquaintance
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