Barker, Eric

Passed: January 25, 2015


Eric Barker, 90, of Avondale, Az., died on January 25, 2015, in Avondale, Az. He was born in Wigan, England on March 19, 1924 to Jim and Ellen Barker. He is survived by his wife Irene of Avondale and his son and daughter-in-law Brian and Tina Barker both of Goodyear; his brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Jean Barker of Warrington England; 3 grandchildren Katie Garcia of Avondale, Seth Barker of Goodyear and Rachel Barker of Phoenix; 3 great grandchildren Keira, Richard and Dominik Garcia, all of Avondale. He served in Her Royal Majesty’s Service in the navy from 1944 to 1947. In 1948 he and Irene moved to the United States and settled in Bartonville, IL where he worked at Keystone Steel & Wire for 34 years as a tool & die maker. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and was in the church choir because of his love for music. In 2014 he and Irene moved to Avondale, Az to be near their family. Visitation will be held at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear AZ on Friday Jan 30, 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 918 S. Litchfield Rd on Saturday, Jan 31, at 10:00 a.m. officiated by the Rev Jeff Gallen. Burial will be at West Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale. Eric will be dearly missed for years to come but will always be remembered for his charismatic spirit, unwavering loyalty, deep Christian faith and singing The Alleluia Chorus in his booming bass voice.

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3 responses to Barker, Eric

  1. Walter Stout says:

    Dear Rene, Brian and family,

    Patrick and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of Eric.

    His life and devotion to his family, church and community are a model for all of us. His kindness, gentle spirit and keen British wit will be sorely missed.

    Walter Stout

  2. Our dearest Eric, you will be greatly missed by all. Dear Rene, Brian and all the family, our thoughts and prayers will be with you now and in the coming years. There will be a void in your hearts that will be difficult to fill but keep thinking about all the good times you all shared with your husband and father. God be with you.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. He was such a sweet person and I always enjoyed seeing him and Irene when I was working. My thoughts and prayers are with Irene and Brian and his family.

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