BARKER, RUSS; born July 14, 1961; died February 7, 2012. Russ was the consummate entrepreneur, co-founder of MetroSweep and successful business owner for over 21 years. Russ lived life to the fullest; his energy could power a room. From the moment he was born until the final breath of his life he was absorbing experiences. If lives are measured by the number of people whose hearts we touch, then Russ has lived well beyond his 50 years. His final moments were spent enjoying the powdery snow of the UP on his snowmobile riding trails with his friends. Those that were not on the trails with him that day are joined today in sorrow, joy and laughter. Russ is survived by his beloved son, Ryan, who proudly serves our country in the US Air Force. Russ welcomed daughter-in-law, Tiffany last May and was thrilled that Ryan found his soul mate for his life's journey as Russ had found his soul mate with fiancé, Lisa Schiff. Lisa's children, Adam and Taryn together with Ryan and Tiffany formed a tight circle around his heart. Their loss is immeasurable. Also survived by his brother, Michael and his children, Shannon of Auburn Hills and Cory in Colorado; along with his sister and long time business partner, Kelly, who shared so many of his life fulfilling experiences. His voice and warm smile is ever present. Preceding him in death was father, Leonard (Russ) in 1989; mother, Mary in 1996; and grandmother, Iva Barker-Pearce. He also leaves many, many friends who will miss Russ tremendously and his loving personality. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2012 at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, 134 Airport Road, Waterford. Memorial Services will commence at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to a cause close to your heart. Arrangements by Donelson, Johns and Evans Funeral Home, Waterford.
Published in The Oakland Press from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2012.