Jesse Ray Barker, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed from this earth April 11, 2007 surrounded by his loving family, in his home in Springville, Utah. Ray was born August 24, 1932, in Springville, Utah to William Jesse and Eva Jane (Gavin) Barker. He graduated from high school in 1950 and spent four years serving his country in the US Navy, aboard the USS Duncan, during the Korean War.
On September 8, 1956 he married Shirley Ann Harman in Granger, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Provo LDS Temple. Ray and Shirley recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ray was a dedicated employee at Geneva Steel for 39 years. He loved the outdoors, spent several years raising horses, and shared the love of gardening with his family. He was also fond of hunting, camping, and horseback riding with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife Shirley and five children; Gayle Ann (Rick) Watkins, Sikston, MO; Kathleen Burggraf, Idaho Falls, ID; Steven Dan Barker, Las Vegas NV; Karen Rae Smith, South Jordan, UT; and Craig William Barker, Springville, UT. He also shared a loving relationship with his niece Connie (Doug) Mehr, South Jordan, UT. He is survived by his brother Blaine LeGrand (Mary Lou) Barker, and two sisters Lucille (Bud) Johnson and MaryLue (Larry) Wolfley, 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Howard, and sisters Utona and Alfreda.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Wesley Wylie and the nurses and staff of Mountain View Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 16, 2007, 11:00 a.m. at the Spring Creek South 5th Ward Chapel, 860 East 200 North, Springville, Utah. A viewing will be held Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, Utah; and Monday at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be held at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery with Military Rites by the American Legion. Condolences may be sent to www.wheelermortuary.com
Published in the Daily Herald on 4/14/2007.