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Jimmie LeeRoy Barker

August 7, 1937July 1, 2018
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Jimmie LeeRoy Barker, 80, of Spokane Valley, WA, passed away peacefully at his home and with his loving wife by his side July 1, 2018.

He was born in Great Falls, MT, Aug. 7, 1937. Jim married the love of his life Ellen Williams Barker April 18, 1959. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander from the Cheyenne Police Department and was a member of the United States Navy Seabees.

Jim loved being politically active, fishing, hunting, carpenter work, and going to the mountains for quiet time. He was an honorable man, and loved by many.

Jim is survived by his wife: Ellen Barker; sons: Jeffrey Barker, Wellington, FL, Patrick Barker (Bobbie), Mission Viejo, CA; daughter: Cheri Belcourt (Dave), Spokane Valley, WA, sister: LaVena “Butch” Snider, Bremerton, WA; and several nieces and nephews and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by sons: James Barker, Casper WY, David Barker, Spokane, WA; father: Merritt Barker, Portland OR; mother: Erma Zeigler Great Falls, MT. A Visitation is July 5, 3:00p-7:00p, the Funeral Service is July 6, 11:00a at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA, 99206.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 6, 2018
REMEMBERING

Jimmie LeeRoy Barker

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Lavena Snider

August 28, 2018

I had a little brother his name was Jimmie. I thought he was so special and then he bit me. Now you are up in Heaven and you left us all behind. I love you forever you are always on my mind. Your big sister LaVena M. Snider "Butch"

Justin Lewis

July 18, 2018

Grandpa,
You basically made me who I am, and besides my own dad, you were the one I wanted to make proud. From the day I received my first boy scout patch, to graduating school, getting married, having children, and shooting my first buck, I always wanted you to be proud of who I am.
I am a pretty simple man, and I may not have a lot of "great" moments yet, but the ones that I have had, I couldn't wait to tell you all about them. Like when Nicole and I had children, when we bought our first house, or the day the I shot "the big buck!" I think that grandma was even secretively proud when I called to tell you all about the first bear that I shot with my bow!
I will always remember that I can't walk to school in shorts unless the thermometer in the kitchen reads 60 degrees.
I will never forget our trips together, in the van, to deliver lunch to Grandma on her lunch break. We actually ate at the table in the van!
I will always brag about waking up in the morning, never before you, but almost always to the smell of fresh coffee and ham and cheese omelets.
I loved to see you kiss my Grandma! I always knew, without a doubt, that you truly loved one another.
I might even buy the mini cans of coors light in the future, just kidding :)
I don't know if I'm ready yet to carry my pocket knife, and the nail clippers in my pocket? You seemed to be prepared for everything!
There are so many special things about you Grandpa; You were an excellent man, and lived a great life by example! I hope that I always make you proud, and I will work hard to be a good man, husband, and father like you.
I love you.
Sincerely, Justin C. Lewis


Skylar Fisher

July 16, 2018

Skylar/Persais-Landyn Fisher/Jameson

July 16, 2018

Dear Grandpa "Honey",
You are my "BEST FRIEND". I love you more than anything in this entire world. You always found ways to make me feel better about myself and you always made my days! I don't know how I would have gotten through all my years of school without you cuz you always built me up! I Love You more than anything in this world! I hope that you are having fun up there. I love you and this is hard but goodbye "Grandpa Honey"! I will forever miss you and I will never go a night without wearing your t-shirt! I Love You so very very very very very much!!!!
Love Forever!
Your Great-granddaughter
Skylar Andrea
P.S. Sorry for not giving you a hug and kiss on June 30, 2018 the last time I saw you.

Grandpa,
I love you and am gonna miss you. I always waved goodbye and never kissed you goodbye and I am sorry. I Love You!
Your Great-granddaughter
Persais-Kay 4 years old

Grandpa,
I Love You So Much. I will always tenderly take care for our plant that we planted together Grandpa!!
Your Great-grandson
Landyn-Lee 6 years old

Annesia Schultz

July 14, 2018

To the man of few words but a half smile when you saw anyone being "not so smart" (aka Cheri's Dad)-
I want to say thank you so much for all that you created and shared with us, along with your years of service and protection! The biggest gift that you and your lovely wife gave me, is My Best Friend Cheri! You and Ellen truly have been there for me like another family, from all the fun celebrations to sharing holidays together, or just enjoying the pool day/night and allowing me to invade your space!
You will be missed when we come into town to visit, seeing you sit in the living room chair reading a book or chuckling at the children playing, perched at the counter with the towel on your shoulder sharing a meal, or merely your desire to come from the office with a "hello" in curiosity of who was visiting. We sure kept you and Ellen busy trying to keep up with our complex lives; however your support was always extremely appreciated.
Please look over your lovely bride and family as we will continue to help hold them in our arms and support their needs, looking to you as our angel for advice and strength daily.
Also, know that each Christmas Holiday shares memories of "The Barkers", as I proudly adorn my tree annually with the clear glass ball light covers that Ellen gave to me as a gift knowing that "Jimmy doesn't care for them". They are very fragile, just as I saw you and see Ellen, but they add such beauty by filling empty spaces to my tree and holiday each year!
Until we see each other again....”CHEERS” to a great man that many looked to as a Father /Grandpa figure in life, as you truly will be missed!
Love- Annesia Schultz & Family

Susan Miller

July 13, 2018

Dear Dad,
I have been so blessed to have you and Mom in my life and my kids' lives. You have filled us with wonderful memories and an eternal love. I will always remember our talks in the pool room, your voice when I came through the door and, your unselfish act of coming all the way to Cheyenne to pick the kids and I up to visit in Spokane. You drove for two days, spent the night in Cheyenne, and we hit the road the next morning! The kids loved stopping at the Silver Dollar Bar, where Nicholas got a raccoon skin hat, and each of them got a silver dollar to place at the bar. Melissa took her first steps walking to you at the motel room in Bozeman while you were talking to Mom on the phone. The kids were so anxious each year to get to Grandma & BarkerPop's house each summer. The girls would change into their swimsuits in the car as we approached Coeur d'Alene. Andi was excited to show off her swimming and diving skills. I recall how nervous you were as she would run to that pool when she was 5 yrs. old, and you yelling for her to wait for us to get out there to supervise. She just dove in and swam like a pro to the other side. Nicholas enjoyed bbqing with you, and fishing. He has been so fortunate to have such a positive male role model as you in his life.
Thank you for loving me as much as I love you. Until I see you and embrace you in heaven-Love, Susan

Ellen Barker

July 12, 2018

Jimmie,
Sixty years ago you walked into my life and made my life complete. I can't imagine my life without you, but I know that I must go on. You were always a wonderful Husband, Father and Grandfather. You will forever be in my heart. You were always kind and generous. You taught me to love and forgive. I am so proud to call you my husband. I will celebrate our life together forever. I Love you. Ellen

Melissa Ojeda

July 9, 2018

Grandpa,
There are not enough words in the English language to describe what a great man you were. Filled with honor, integrity, a great sense of humor, and so much more. I will never forget early morning breakfasts at your house with a dish rag across your shoulder, days by the pool where you listened, and watched hours of ‘Grandpa, watch this!’
These are just two of my favorite memories. I can’t wait to share these, and many more with NovaRey!

Love you,
Melissa

Nicholas Barker

July 8, 2018

Our Grandfather,
      Sharing a bloodline with Jimmie Barker is like sharing a bloodline with Captain America. He was a man that embodied the ideals of honesty and integrity. He was that real life super hero every young man idolizes. From being an honored Navy man to a crime solver on the police force. I was so fortunate to get 36 years with him in my life. A life full of memories. Baseball stadiums and fishing on the lakes. Disney parks and balloon rides. Early morning breakfasts and evening bbq's. Pools and beaches and long rides through Montana listening to conservative talk radio. He sparked my interest in American history and instilled the importance of being active politically.  The impact he had on my life is to great to be measured. I will forever miss him. However,  I know that his life will impact my children and their children So he will never be truly gone.

I love you,
Nicholas

Jim Best

July 7, 2018

Rest in God's Eternal Peace Jimmie.