OBITUARY

Bruce Barker

October 25, 1963November 21, 2021
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Bruce Barker, 58, of Bloomington died unexpectedly Sunday, November 21, 2021 in his home. He was born October 25, 1963 in Bloomington to Harry U. Barker and Laverne Snow Barker. He was a retired computer programmer.

Survivors include his mother, Laverne Chandler of Bloomington; a brother, Harry L. (Laura) Barker of Madison, Alabama; two sisters, Susie Deckard and Jacki (Michael) Porter both of Bloomington; and nieces and nephews, Harry J. Barker, Ian Barker, Camila (Jordon West) Barker, Dylan Barker, Sara Barker, Zack (Liz McIntyre) Deckard, Alexandra Porter, and Samantha (Michael) Fitzpatrick. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry U. Barker; his stepfather, Philip L. Chandler; and his grandparents, Harry H. and Marie Barker and William and Lillian Snow.

Bruce was a 1981 graduate of Bloomington High School North, he was an active member of Blooming Fools Hash House Harriers and a certified SCUBA diver. He enjoyed hunting mushrooms, riding his motorcycle, caving and other outdoor activities, and working jigsaw puzzles.

Bruce was very active with his hobbies and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He was an outgoing, happy person, who loved a good story, told a good joke, and always made for a good listener when others wanted or needed to talk. His smile was often, his laughter contagious, and his caring nature was obvious to all who ever met him. Bruce is truly loved by many and will be sorely missed.

There will be a gathering of Family and Friends on Friday, November 26, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E Third St. Funeral Services are scheduled for Saturday, November 27 at 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Kim Norris officiating; burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com for the Barker family.

Services

  • A Gathering of Family and Friends

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

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Julie Kaiser

November 29, 2021

When Bruce and I were in fourth grade we were told by our teachers to write a story for a contest. I remember Mrs. Tyler yelling at Bruce because he hadn’t written anything. I snuck over to talk to him and he said he didn’t know what to write. I quickly told him a story I had seen on TV. Bruce wrote the story and added all the details on his own and won the contest! I think it might’ve been for a puppet show.
Bruce and I were friends since elementary school and Scrabble partners. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer friend. He is so missed.

Kelly Clark

November 27, 2021

This photo was taken the night I met Bruce in September of 2014. He came to a trail that my husband and I laid for the BFH3, the running club that soon became the center of his social life. Bruce and I got close while working together on the management team of the club, in which I was the equivalent of the president and he was our information officer. We did not always see eye to eye in the beginning, but as we worked together over that year he saw how much thought and work went into the details of planning our events, and within a few months became one of my most trusted confidantes and fiercest defenders. Bruce was incredibly inclusive, always sensitive to details and reaching out to make sure people felt seen and wanted. He knew that the secret to making and keeping friends was in the details, and no detail was too small. He twice made me cry tears of grateful joy by giving me simple gifts that showed he was listening, even in the small moments of life. He wanted nothing but to make everyone feel both welcome and appreciated. Bruce never forgot to say thank you, even when the efforts weren't perfect - he knew it was the thought that counted. I love Bruce Barker, and I will do everything I can to remember and honor the things that were most important to him. He touched my life and my heart, and I will never forget him.

john cook

November 25, 2021

I met Bruce in the early 90's likely at Jakes or the Bluebird. He was always good for conversation, absurdity and pleasantness. I will say that anytime I found myself at a party or bookstore or social gathering I made a point to talk with him because I knew it would be a good conversation. He seemed to make situations better by merely being himself which projected admirable qualities including curiosity, knowledge, kindness, hilarity, patience, thoughtfulness, honesty and much more. I will miss seeing him.

Margot Diersen

November 24, 2021

Dear Barker Family~Dave & I live directly behind Bruce’s home & have for 13 years. Bruce recently helped me post the HOA minutes on our Wordpress site & I was so very grateful. He recently joined the HOA BOD & we were all so happy to have him & his wisdom to help guide the neighborhood. We & our entire neighborhood are so very very sad & shocked about Bruce’s passing. I know any of us would be grateful to help you with anything at all if you need us. With a heavy heart, Margot Diersen

Shelley Haymaker

November 23, 2021

I first met Bruce in 1988, when I began working for Bibliogem, where he was a programmer. He was on vacation when I started and they had put me in his office to use a computer. When he returned from vacation and walked into his office, we both jumped startled, and he said, “I should go on vacation more often“. From that day on, we were friends. We dated for approximately one year, and although it did not work out, we remained friends to this day. Bruce was somebody I knew, without a doubt, I could count on no matter what time of day/night, how many years had gone by, or what was going on, if I needed him, Bruce would have been there. Thankfully just a few weeks ago, Bruce came up to see me when he had an event near me. We were able to sit and talk, eat dinner, and I was able to hug him goodbye. Never did I imagine that would be the last time I would get to sit and talk with him. I am truly grateful for the 33+ years of love and friendship. Bruce, you will forever be loved and missed. 💔

Chuck Myers

November 23, 2021

I’ve known Bruce since elementary school high school and we work together in the 80s and Early 90’s At Jakes pub.
We had so many great memories but I’ll share the one I most thankful for.
I’ve been out all day hanging out with friends when I swung into Jake’s to draw money against my check for food, Bruce looks at me and says where have you been? He then informed me that my date was in the back room and had been there for 30 minutes waiting for me. To which I assured Bruce I had no date waiting on me in the back room. Bruce than it looked at me somewhat dumbfounded and advised me in my inebriated state from the weekend I had invited this girl and her friend to meet me at the comedy show that evening. He had to assure me that he was standing beside me when I did so, as drivers licenses can be somewhat deceiving I told Bruce that I would pay their cover and ask him if he would be kind enough to tell them that I could not make it as I was looking a little under the weather from playing at the lake being in pond water exposed to the sun all day. Bruce was nice enough to pretty much force me to go back and meet this woman and her friend. If Bruce had not of done that then my son Brandon would have never been in my life. He was one of only a few friends that I looked forward to going to the class reunions to hang around. I always considered him one of the best men I’ve ever met and he will be missed by many, all I can say is thank you Bruce for being my friend rest easy

Susan Adam

November 23, 2021

I worked with Bruce in the late 80’s-early 90’s at Jake’s in Bloomington. He was one of the most caring and thoughtful people I ever knew, and has forever been part of the “family” we had from those days. I was fortunate to keep in touch with him all these years. My thoughts are with his family, he was a great person in every way.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

October 25th, 1963 Bruce was born in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Before Bruce's first haircut with Mom, Harry, and Sue at Grandma Marie's house in Maine.

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FROM THE FAMILY

October 25th, 1963 Bruce was born in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Before Bruce's first haircut with Mom, Harry, and Sue at Grandma Marie's house in Maine.

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Getting his first haircut with Grandma Marie.

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After his first haircut with Grandma Marie.

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With Mom, Granddaddy, Susie, and Harry at Rock City.

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Bruce starts school. Kindergarten picture, Fall 1967.

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Some of Bruce's school pictures.

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Bruce with cousins, Bill and Bob, and Sue and Jacki.