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James Barker

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COBDEN — James Richard "Jim" Barker, 73, died at 1:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born May 19, 1942, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Warren James and Mildred Louise Schenck Barker and was raised by his stepmother, Edna Violet Barker.

He met Frankie O. Fox in 1961 and they later married Aug. 25, 1964, in Plainfield, Indiana. They were married for 51 years and raised three sons.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Frankie O. Barker of Cobden; three sons, Richard Allen (Melanie) Barker of Ava, Charles Allen Barker of Edgewater, Florida, and Michael Allen Barker of Alto Pass; seven grandchildren, Hunter Bruns, James Ethan Barker, Seth Allen Barker, Ashly Grace Barker, Nathan Allen Deon Barker, Alexander Robert Barker and Brittney Ariel Barker; other relatives; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim honorably served his country in the U.S. National Guard for six years, obtaining the rank of Specialist (E-4).

Jim was a hard worker and everyone who met him loved his kind, gentle soul. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. Jim was a third generation carpenter, building with his father in Plainfield, Indiana, then working for 32 years with E.A. Knight Construction in Illinois. He has left a legacy of fine craftsmanship.

Jim loved racing, especially the Indianapolis 500. He restored his 1936 Indian Motorcycle with his father and showed it in various car shows. He enjoyed auctions, swap meets, and going to Clark's junk yard with his sons and grandsons.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be deeply missed by everyone.

Services for Mr. James Richard Barker will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden, with the Rev. Ed Falgout officiating. Interment will be in Casper Cemetery in Anna. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the VFW in Anna and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Honors Team of Marion. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available in the Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden.

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