OBITUARY

Paul Lester Barker

July 7, 1938October 9, 2020
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Paul Lester Barker Jr., 82, of Fort Wayne, passed onto heaven on Friday, October 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Born July 7, 1938, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Paul L. Barker Sr. and Dorothy (Peoples) Barker.

Paul served in the Army from 1958 to 1962. Paul obtained degrees in Industrial Technology and in Management, from Syracuse University and Indiana Wesleyan University. His career in Industrial Engineering and Foundry Management spanned 40 years and was honored with several national awards, including the 2002 McFadden Gold Medal and 2006 Foundry Hall of Honor induction. Paul's life was marked by tireless service, and an indefatigable sense of humor. He spent 15 years in Foundry Educational Foundation leadership and 25 years on Trine University's Cast Metals Advisory board. Paul was a dedicated Mason for more than 50 years and Shriner since 1987; he served as Legion of Honor Commander of the Great Lakes Shrine Association from 2013 to 2015. In retirement, Paul thoroughly enjoyed transporting Fort Wayne area children and their families to Shriners Hospitals in Illinois and Ohio. He was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church. Paul was selflessly devoted to his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (John) Scott of Los Alamos, N.M.; twin sons, Paul (Julie) Barker III of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Glenn Barker of Amherst, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and sisters, Beverly Graber and Linda LeValley.

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2020, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home (1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne). Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held in NY at a future date. Burial will be at Elmlawn Cemetery in Kenmore, N.Y.

Memorials may be given to the Foundry Educational Foundation (www.fefinc.org). To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Calling

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Final Resting Place, Preferred Memorial

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Gerald Willman

October 17, 2020

Paul made many trips to the Chicago Shriners Hospital. As the scheduler, I am pleased to let the family know Paul made 210 trips to the hospital from 2007 to 2018. I made many of those trips with him and can personally attest to his empathy and love for the many patients. One particular instance, it was rather late and we stopped at a McDonald's for a snack. This was one of those 8 AM to late cleft pallet visits. Mother told the daughter to be quick so we (Paul and I) could get home. Paul very loudly said, "Go into the play area and enjoy yourself."

chuck itt

October 14, 2020

so sorry for your loss. always respected and liked your dad. people like him made coaching ball a great time!

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