Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Obituary: William M. Barker


April 5, 2007

Funeral services for William Menzies Barker, 62, Valley Falls, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors will follow at the Valley Falls Cemetery.

Mr. Barker died Sunday, April 1, 2007, at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka.

He was born Aug. 4, 1944, in Detroit, the son of LeRoy Giles and Lillian Menzies Barker. He graduated from Valley Falls High School in 1962 and later attended Washburn University. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Barker was a pressman at the State of Kansas Printing Plant in Topeka for 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge No. 21 in Valley Falls.

He married Sharon Ellen Layton on Feb. 7, 1969, in Topeka. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include their three sons, Robert Barker, Delaware, William Barker, Houston, and Rodger Barker, Valley Falls; two daughters, Laura Lea Barker, Valley Falls, and Heather Ellen Barker, Topeka; his mother, Lillian Barker, Linwood; two brothers, Robert Barker, Linwood, and Bradley Barker, Lawrence; a sister, Betty Thoennes, Eudora; and one granddaughter.

Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Mercer Funeral Home in Valley Falls.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grahem-Herbers VFW Post 3084 and sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, 810 Broadway, Valley Falls 66088.

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