WILLIAM COLBERT ‘BILL’ BARKER

By: 
NLJ Staff

William Colbert “Bill” Barker was born Sept. 30, 1956, in Newcastle, Wyo., to John R. Barker and Bertha (Bobbie) Barker Truax. He died in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, on May 30, 2019.

Bill attended Kitty Moats Elementary School in Osage, Wyo. He attended high school in Upton, Wyo., and Newcastle. Bill earned his GED and joined the Navy in 1976. He spent years traveling the world during his Navy career serving in the Philippines for 11 years. He loved and had a special place in his heart for the Philippines, returning a couple times a year to visit his Navy buddies and his fiancé. He achieved Chief Petty Officer as well as three college degrees during his service. After his retirement from the Navy in 1996, he resided in Osage, Wyo., until his unexpected death while in the Philippines.

Bill is survived by his dad, John R. Barker of Lusk, Wyo.; his mom, Bobbie (Barker) Truax of Sundance, Wyo.; his siblings, John Barker Jr. (Rona) of Upton, Wyo, Sue Fuhrmann (Mike) of Sundance, Wyo., Jim Barker (Twyla) of Lusk, and Jason Barker (Jodi) of Newcastle; nine nieces and nephews; 11 great-nieces and great-nephews; and three great-great-nieces and great-nephews. Bill was also blessed to have a large number of Navy buddies and friends around the world too numerous to list.

Graveside services with military honors are pending.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Osage Ambulance or Kitty Moats Complex in Osage.

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