November 10, 2005

(11/16/1923 – 11/5/2005)

Loris Dale Barker, 81, of Bible Grove, Missouri, died November 5, 2005 at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Missouri.

He was born November 16, 1923 at Bible Grove, Missouri to John William and Eva Myrtle Palmer Barker. He was a graduate of Bible Grove High School with the class of 1942. He served in the United States Navy during WWII from January 6, 1944 to December 30, 1945.

He married Eileen Stone on June 15, 1944 at San Diego, California. To this union two children were born; one son, Stanley and a daughter, Beverly Kay.

Dale was a farmer in the Bible Grove area and retired in 1985. He enjoyed coon hunting and working with horses and mules. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching ballgames and all sports activities. He was a member of the Bible Grove First Christian Church and a 50-year member of the Wallace W. Gillespie Post #4958 of the VFW.

He is survived by his son, Stanley D. Barker, of Canon City, Colorado and his daughter, Beverly Kay Epperson and husband Ken of Milton, Iowa, four grandchildren: Stacey Jo Young and husband Steve of El Paso, Illinois; Aimee Lynn Sullivan and husband Anthony of Canon City, Colorado; Kelby Epperson of Ottumwa, Iowa and Macy Epperson of Milton, Iowa; two step-grandchildren: Jennifer Young and Laura Young of El Paso, Illinois and four great-grandchildren: Matthew Young, Ashley Young, Austin Young and Cole Sullivan. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen, his parents and one brother, Gale Barker.

Funeral services will be held at the Memphis Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 1:30 P.M. with Brother Larry Smith officiating. Organist will be Ann Luther and Alisa Kigar will be the soloist.

Burial will follow the service in the Bible Grove Christian Church Cemetery in Bible Grove, Missouri with full military honors by the Wallace W. Gillespie Post #4958 of the VFW of Memphis. Casket bearers will be Kelby Epperson, Macy Epperson, Stanley Frederick, Darrel Stone, Aaron Dannenhauer and Albert Horst. Honorary casket bearers will be Stacey Young, Aimee Sullivan, Sharon Bradley, Erica Benson, Melinda Emel, Dean Frederick, Dorsey Swearingen, Elton Emel, Hillis McClamroch, Gary Frederick, Dave Mullins, Hershel Brewer, Jason Emel, CD Burrus and Bill McRobert.

The family has suggested that memorials be made to the Bible Grove Historical Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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