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OBITUARY

Rodney Lloyd Barker, USN (ret)

September 1, 1945November 3, 2019
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Rodney Lloyd Barker, USN (ret) was born on September 1, 1945 in Sunnyside, Washington and passed away on November 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • FAMILY

  • Roger Edwin Barker, Father (deceased)
  • Iva Sovina Earlandson, Mother (deceased)
  • Gloria Barker, Wife
  • Bonnie Maria Diaz, Daughter
  • John William Barker, Son
  • Bonnie Joy, Sister
  • John Barker, Brother (deceased)
  • Paciencia Autencio Perez, Mother-in-law (deceased)

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Rodney Lloyd Barker, USN (ret)

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Philip Guerrero

November 17, 2019

First met Rod 15 years ago, I was goin through a really dark time and his words , laughter and guidance helped me to see a much brighter future is very possible. He has helped so many people like me on this Island of Guam.
His passing is very sad, my prayers to His wife and family. I will miss him dearly.
God bless

Phil G

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Biography

Rodney Lloyd Barker was a man for whom actions would speak louder than words. His life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Rodney’s life. He was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. He was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. Rodney was modest in his actions and extremely literal in his thoughts and in the manner in which he communicated with others. When Rodney said something, he meant it. All those who knew him appreciated this trademark quality.

Rodney was born on September 1, 1945 at Sunnyside Hospital in Washington State. His parents were Roger and Diana Barker. Rodney was raised in Oregon and Vale. Even as a small child, Rodney wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As Rodney grew older, he realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, he treated everyone around him the same way. This belief in fair play served Rodney well throughout his life and despite his natural shyness; he enjoyed a solid group of friends.

Since Rodney sought to treat those around him with respect, he often found himself in the role of playing peacemaker within his family. He was comfortable in working through the types of sibling rivalry situations that quite often occur, because he loved the challenge of conflict resolution. He would look at the most reasonable and practical ways to settle any disputes. Rodney was raised with two siblings, a brother John and a sister Bonnie. Rodney was constantly involved in activities with his siblings. Rodney and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they shared many life experiences.

During his childhood, family and friends viewed Rodney as a quiet and reserved person with what most would consider a calm and tranquil demeanor. In fact, he was a fairly curious child who had the ability to entertain himself and didn’t require much in the way of outside stimulation. A great deal of Rodney’s free time was spent learning how and why the things around him worked. He was an active child who loved being outdoors and absorbing all the sensory input that nature could provide. He was also a member of 4-H.

This same loyalty and up front honesty Rodney shared with his friends carried over to other aspects of his life, including his relationships with his family. On May 7, 1967, Rodney exchanged wedding vows with Gloria Autencio at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Zambales, Philippines. The marriage became a solid relationship, due in part to Rodney’s skill at bringing fresh energy and clarity to meeting Gloria's needs. He was a great listener who enjoyed the couple’s “together” time, especially when it came to celebrating special occasions.

As the family grew, Rodney was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. Rodney was blessed with one son John and one daughter Bonnie. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Brandy, Bryan, Brayden, Bomani, Nathan and Andrew as well as two great grandchildren, Jayden and Brianni. Rodney was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, he would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. Rodney was a strong, clear communicator who excelled at eliminating confusion by making matters crystal clear to all those involved. At the same time, Rodney’s inventive nature could turn some of the boring old household chores into a fun activity for the family.

In his work life, Rodney was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. He excelled at dealing with those pesky details that can derail some people, and once he understood exactly why he was working on a project, he could plow full steam ahead. For Rodney, being able to grasp the logical components of any task was significant to him in appreciating its importance. Even if he worked alone on an assignment, Rodney was able to incorporate and welcome new insights from co-workers, and he would readily use them if they improved the process. His primary occupation was a mineman in the US Navy and an alcohol and substance abuse counselor. He was employed for twenty four years with the Navy and six years in the reserves. Rodney always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Rodney was a Navy Retiree. He understood his duty to serve his country and the importance of getting a job done. He was comfortable with the routines of the military and even liked them to some degree, especially when it came to grasping the clear instructions and guidelines he was expected to follow. He was in the Long Beach, Charleston, Philippines and Guam. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Senior Chief.

Rodney’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced his choice of leisure pursuits as well. He applied his strong concentration and analytical skills as to how things worked to his choice of activities. He particularly enjoyed the “alone” time his hobbies provided. His favorite pursuit was playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Rodney had the ability to stay calm and the determination to do what was necessary to get the job finished, traits that helped him enjoy sports. In high school, Rodney bowled and played baseball. Recreational sports included golf and baseball. Rodney was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Dodgers Baseball and football.

If Rodney believed in a cause or an idea, he was willing to work hard on its behalf. Rodney was a member of several community groups, including served as a counselor for Alcoholics Anonymous.

Religion and faith were important to Rodney. He held dear the faith and values he derived from his beliefs. He was a member of St. Sharbel Catholic Church in Las Vegas and Yigo Church in Guam.

Rodney was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Rodney’s favorites was dog Chuckles. They were best friends for 5 years.

As his retirement approached, Rodney viewed the event as just one more project to research and solve. So, when the day finally arrived in 1990, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Guam. In retirement, he found new pleasure in volunteering.

Rodney passed away on November 3, 2019 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada after fighting a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Gloria and children Bonnie and John. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rodney strongly believed that talk is cheap. He was the type of person who would show others his feelings through his actions. He was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. He had a curiosity about the things around him and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences he treasured most were those he shared with his loved ones. Rodney Lloyd Barker will be greatly missed.