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Fred Barker

Frederick (Fred) H Barker, 67, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was born Janruary 25, 1947 to Weldon and Lois Barker of Mount Ayr, Ia. He graduated from Mount Ayr in 1966. After high school Fred attended Des Moines Vocational School, learning the Machinist Program. Fred found that setting and watching machines work was not for him. He began working as a telephone installer for Western Electric in 1968.
While installing equipment for Western Electric in Grand Island, Nebraska Fred met JoAnn Kloppenborg. They married April 18, 1970 in O'Neill, Ne. They moved to Omaha and settled down while Fred installed telephone equipment in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. His job was transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah and then back to Omaha, Ne.
In 1976 Fred hired on with Hobart Sales and Service in Omaha and was transferred to Lincoln, Ne to do "service and repair" work on food processing equipment. His friendly personality and great work ethics allowed him to build a great customer rapport. He enjoyed the customer relations part of the job and considered everyone a friend. It didn't matter where Fred and his family traveled, Worlds of fun, Washington DC or any other place, he always saw someone he knew from home.
Fred and JoAnn had 2 daughters, Patricia Lea and Christina Lynne. Fred loved his girls and was very active in their upbringing. He coached their softball teams and worked with both on their numerous 4-H projects. The whole family enjoyed square dancing for many years.
During weekend visits to the Barker family farm Fred enjoyed assisting his Dad with projects around the farm. He enjoyed giving his children, nieces and nephews rides on the John Deere Tractor.
Fred retired in 2011 and shortly after that, he and JoAnn moved to the Barker family farm at Mount Ayr where Fred proceeded to build his and JoAnn's "dream home" on the site of the old farm house. Fred always enjoyed working with wood. He took time to teach his daughters and granddaughter the skills of woodworking. He taught them to strive for perfection. One of his biggest joys was seeing a beautifully finished wood project.
Fred is proceeded in death by his parents, his sister, and two brother-in-laws. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughter Tricia Simonsen, husband Todd and granddaughter Ashley Barker-Chandler of York, NE; daughter Christina Barker of Lincoln, NE; his sister Marilyn Sue Eichenberger and husband Dale of Robins, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and loved ones.
A memorial fund has been established for the Ringgold County Ambulance.

  • Open Visitation

    June 20, 2013
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    June 20, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    June 21, 2013
    10:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Friday June 21 2013

    Benton Cemetery

    Benton, IA

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So glad you called regarding Freds passing. Our thoughts and memories are with you.
We will always remember the old square dancing daysne7

Posted by RON AND DOROTHY WIRTH - lincoln, NE   June 20, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We''re so sorry to hear of Fred''s passing. Fred and Joanne were so good for Grande Squares. You were very good presidents. I wish we could have done as well.

We remember sharing a steak dinner with you two, as we both have April 18th anniversaries.

Posted by Bob & Bobbie Frerichs - Lincoln,, NE - Square dance friends   June 20, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

JoAnn, Girls and Family: I''m so sorry to hear of Fred''s passing. He was always so kind and friendly to Chris and myself. He was one of the Good Guys. Sending Prayers and Hugs to you all, Sue Meyers

Posted by Sue Meyers - Lincoln, NE   June 20, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

One of the good guys---polite, considerate and friendly. We always enjoyed seeing and visiting with Fred and JoAnn at our class reunions. Sympathy and caring thoughts to the family in your loss.

Lam. 3:22-24 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.......The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore, I will hope in Him.

Raymond & Donna (Hosfield) Shields---Class of l966

Posted by Donna Shields - Diagonal, IA - Friend/classmate   June 19, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Jo Ann and family, so very sorry to hear about Fred. Always enjoyed visiting with Fred when he would call with questions on the home he was building. We will never forget our sguare and round dance days and the kids getting older.
Jo Ann if you need anything please call. Dale & Marilyn

Posted by Dale & Marilyn Stertz - Hickman - friends   June 19, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We always enjoyed visiting with Fred when we were in Mt. Ayr.

Posted by Jerry and Jean Barker - Mount Pleasant, IA   June 19, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We are vacationing in Washington state and found the death notice on the funeral homes web site. We were so sorry to hear of his death. We didn''t know Fred well but always enjoyed visiting with you two at the meal site. Our sympathy goes out to you.

Posted by JOyce and Max Smith - Mt. Ayr, IA - friends   June 18, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Just couldn''t believe it when we heard about Fred. So very, very sorry. It was so nice to see you back in Mt. Ayr when we would be at the same restaurant or the motel and getting to catch up after not seeing you for years. Fred will certainly be missed by many, he always had time to stop and talk when we would see him. We had many fun times at Weldon and Lois'' when we were all growing up together. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very sad time.
Janet (Barker) and Jim Knedler

Posted by Janet (Barker) and Jim Knedler - Topeka, KS - Cousin   June 18, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember JoAnn and Fred as neighbors, friends. Always so good with the kids. Woodworking talents, helping roof the house, easy going. Prayers to the family.

Posted by Patti Barber - Johnson Lake, NE - Friend   June 18, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Fred was so talented in his woodworking and building their new home on the family farm. Everything was done to perfection and with great pride. We will miss the card games and eating out. Fred loved his family. He was a kind man and we will miss him. Will be praying for the family and we are just a call away if you need anything day or night.

Posted by Shirley and Dave - Mt Ayr, IA - Friends and Neighbors   June 18, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM