Neal Barker

December 9, 1930January 27, 2012

Neal Barker, 81, Olathe, KS, passed away Friday, January 27, 2012. Visitation will be from 1-2pm, Wednesday, February 1st, at McGilley & Frye Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 2pm with burial in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Olathe Club for the Deaf or Deaf Cultural Center.

Neal was born on December 9, 1930 in Olathe, KS to Leslie and Elsie Faye (Ramsey) Barker. He graduated from Kansas School for the Deaf in 1949. On June 30, 1951, Neal married the love of his life, Evalyn Clingan. He worked for Century Wood Products (30 years) and Quality Wood products (9 years) as a Draftsman. Neal loved fishing, woodworking and thoroughly enjoyed all sports. He was an extremely helpful, kind, gentle man who was well liked and loved by many friends and family. Mr. Barker was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Lance Barker; son-in-law, Patrick Feikert; brother, Harley Barker; sisters, Elsie Martin, Lola Cancannon, Virginia Harness and Gail Cockrell.

He is survived by his adoring daughter, Sandi Barker of Olathe; brothers Howard Barker of Fremont, CA, Ronald (Beverly) Barker of Paola and Dallas (Margaret) Barker of Flint, MI; grandchildren, Michael LaRue and David (Mandi) LaRue and great grandchildren, Lily, Henry, Wyatt and Owen. Neal will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him!



  • Visitation Wednesday, February 1, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 1, 2012


  • Burial

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Charlene Darnell, LPN

February 7, 2012

Neal was always so much fun to be around. I looked forward to his visits. Even when he wasn't feeling well or hurt someplace, he always smiled and laughed. Neal would scold me for not practicing my sign language. He will always be in my thoughts when I use it or look at my book and think how I should be. I miss him already.

Steve Raab

February 6, 2012

Sandi, Michael, David & Family.....we are sorry for your loss, your Dad had a wonderful and warm and kind personality, very much like your Mom too, please accept our condolences at this time, knowing that your parents will
always be there watching over you along the way, Lots of Love goes out to you!

Steve & Natalie Raab and Family

Rick Nichols

February 6, 2012

Sandi - I am so sorry for your loss and pray that God will comfort all of you at this difficult time as only He can do. May your faith and memories sustain you in the days to come. Hang in there!

Brian Hettrick

February 2, 2012

Sandi and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Neal was a joy to be around and a real pleasure to chat with. May you find peace during this time.

richard stainbrook

February 2, 2012

Sandy- i just wanted to let you know i was thinking about you at this time .

Glenda Haefner

February 1, 2012

Our Deepest Condolences to the families. As his friends,we'll miss his sunshine because he always brightened our days. Haefner families

Jenny Mahieu

February 1, 2012

Sandi I am so sorry for your loss. I loved your dad and his wonderful stories. His love for life is what I will remember and miss the most. I am so glad our paths crossed.

Cindy Mahoney

February 1, 2012

David and Family,was sorry to read of your Grandfather's passing.
May the memories that you carry in your heart help you through these sad times.

Nadia Kennedy Harvey

January 31, 2012

I will never forget Neal, he was one of the friendliest people I ever met during the interpreter training program at JCCC. He always made me feel comfortable even when I screwed up. I'll never forget when I saw him at Theatre in the Park one time and he realized I was WAY back in the back and he invited me down to the Deaf area so I can enjoy the show more. Just some of the normal things Neal would do. I'll miss you!

Fred Banks

January 31, 2012

I am already missing a great friend. Been one of my mentors on leadership. The community will miss this personified person. Sandi and children, I sympathies on your father's passing. A great mangoing home to help do cabinet work in heave.