Richard (Dick) Linwood Barker passed away in his sleep from complications of Parkinsonís disease at his home in Everett, Washington on Friday, July 12th, 2013 at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jolene; his identical twin brother Robert Barker of Portland, Oregon; 2 daughters, Lisa Sheeler of Redmond, Washington and Brenda Irwin; and his son, Dan of Kirkland, Washington. He also had 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 5 step-granddaughters and 3 step-great-granddaughter.
He was born in Hood River, Oregon on August 27, 1932 to Elma and Russ Shannon. His parents divorced and he and his brother stayed with him mom and moved to Arlington Washington where he grew up. Later the family moved to back to Hood River and he attended High School in Hood River. He joined the Army and served from 1953 - 1955. In his younger days he was active in Ski Patrol and Search and Rescue at Mt. Hood. He met his wife Jolene in Klamath Falls, Oregon and they were married on June 11th, 1960.
He worked at Boeing with the 747, 757, and 767. He was a Klamath County Deputy Sheriff for a while and was a King County Reserve Deputy for many years with the North Precinct. He also was a volunteer fireman in Bothell from 1968 Ė 1970. He spent some time as a volunteer EMT as well.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He hunted elk and deer all over Oregon and Washington. He was very fond of the outdoors and liked camping, hiking and boating and spent years going arrowhead hunting throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California. He was also involved in mountaineering and made many trips up Mt. Rainier. He eventually got his pilotís license and joined Civil Air Patrol to fuel his love of flying.
For many years, while his kids were young he opened his home to many Foster Children, some formally, and some just because he knew they needed help. He spent several years as a baseball coach, even before he had kids of his own and then continued to coach baseball and soccer as his kids got older.
As he got older, he took a few trips to Hawaii and went on a couple cruises and often talked about going back to Hawaii someday.
There will be a memorial for him on Sunday, July 28th at 2:00 at the Hollywood Village Retirement Apartments. 9615 Holly Drive, Everett, Washington 98204. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to CONCERNS OF POLICE SURVIVORS, INC. (COPS) www.nationalcops.org (573)346-4911.
July 28, 2013, 2:00pm
Hollywood Village Retirement Apartments
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