Stacy Barker, of Mora, MN, died on the Villa Health Care Center on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010. He was 91 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 5th at Mora United Methodist Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be from 9:00-10:00 AM on Saturday, June 5th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home, plus 1/2 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
Stacy Dee Barker, born in Seattle, Washington on January 19, 1919, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2010 with his beloved wife Viola by his side.
He was preceded in death by his father Bernus Barker, step-mother Hazel; mother Mina (nee Gordhamer), stepfather Kenneth Kenely; sisters Virginia (Barker) Harris, June (Kenely) Stegeman, and Shirley (Kenely) Clark.
Stacy graduated from Mora High School in 1936 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1937. He will be remembered as a great American who loved his country and served proudly in the U.S. Navy (Pacific Fleet). His first duty was aboard the battleship USS Arizona. He later served on the light cruiser Pensacola, and aircraft carriers Valley Forge, Essex, and Badoeng Strait. During his service in the Navy, he encountered WWII battles (Midway, Guadalcanal, Tassafaronga), and the Korean War.
In 1941 he married Viola (nee Passehl) of Oglivie, Minnesota. They made their first home in Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon retirement in 1956 he purchased his family homestead farm east of Mora and developed a dairy herd with his wife and children for the next 50 years.
He is survived by his loving wife Viola, and children Laren (Margaret) of Garvin, Minnesota; Aune (Aaron) Hardt of Brookfield, Wisconsin; Brian (Starla) of Andover, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; sister Beverly (Kenely) Davis of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.
Stacy was a member of the United Methodist Church, Mora American Legion Post 201, the Fleet Reserve Association Viking Branch 136, and the Braham Moose Lodge 1544.
Heartfelt thanks to all the friends and family who visited Stacy throughout the past years and never allowed him to feel forgotten. Your support, kindness and love will always be remembered and forever appreciated.