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Kenneth D. Barker

Kenneth D. Barker


Kenneth D. Barker, 82 of Kandiyohi died on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. His funeral will be 11:00 am on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Cross Roads Community United Methodist Church in rural Spicer. Burial will be in Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar. Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Friday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Kenneth Dean Barker was born November 27, 1931 in Jeffers, Minnesota the son of Earl and Rhoda (Knott) Barker. He was baptized and later confirmed at the Jeffers Methodist Church. He grew up in the Jeffers area where he attended Delton #46 country school and graduated from Jeffers High School in the class of 1949. He farmed with his father and later worked for Standard Oil in Jeffers. In 1954, he moved to Sanborn where he worked for a farmer.

Ken was united in marriage to Mae Brummer on April 9, 1955. They lived above a machine shed at the Crippen Farm in Sanborn, before moving to Redwood Falls in 1956. In 1960, Ken and Mae rented a farm in Westbrook. In 1967, they purchased their farm north of Kandiyohi where they lived and farmed for over 47 years.

Ken loved every minute of his farm life. He did welding on the side for family and friends, always keeping busy in his "little shop," exploring new ideas and making improvements to farm equipment. He explored different methods of farming to conserve the land and always had beautiful crops and a large garden. In 1963, he received the Minnesota Conservationist Farmer of the Year for his farming methods.

Ken loved visiting with people at the convenience store and Iiams Garage in Kandiyohi He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, pitching horse shoes and ball games. He also enjoyed being outdoors, whether fishing, camping or mowing the lawn on his John Deere. He never missed the Barker Family Reunion.

Ken is survived by his wife Mae of Kandiyohi; children: Sue (and Dan) Wiegmann of Sunburg, Stan Barker of Grove City, Joyce (and Richard) Engstrom of Atwater; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings: Ruth Lange of Perham, Eugene "Bumps" (and Mary Jane) Barker of Grove City, Karen "Sis" Willaby of Emmons, MN, Shirley (and Dale) Hubert of St. Cloud, Fred (and Melinda) Barker of Grove City, Glen (and Paula) Barker of Atwater; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; brother Delbert; brother-in-laws Merle Lange, Alvin Willaby, Gilbert Simonson and Mel Bacon, and several aunts and uncles.