Jimmie LeeRoy Barker
August 7, 1937 – July 1, 2018
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, 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; 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.
- Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, July 6, 2018
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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
July 13, 2018
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
July 12, 2018
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
July 9, 2018
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!
July 8, 2018
Sharing a bloodline with Jimmie Barker is like sharing a bloodline with Captin 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,
July 7, 2018
Rest in God's Eternal Peace Jimmie.
Kevin and Misty Millett
July 7, 2018
Where do we begin to tell you what you meant to us in the short time we were able to know you. When my dad met your wonderful daughter you welcomed us with open arms and immediately became "grandpa". We are forever grateful for the time spent with you and to see what a wonderful grandpa, father and husband you were! May we all take at least a piece of what you offered us and be half the people you were. Please watch over grandma and all of us and help us find comfort in this time. We will miss you terribly and will never forget your warm welcomes and loving goodbyes. You memory will be forever cherished. We love you forever and always!
July 6, 2018
I served under LT Barker from 1979 to his retirement. He was one of Cheyenne’s finest! A man of great moral character who inspired his officers to be their best. R.I.P. L-3
Danielle & Travis Church
July 6, 2018
Thank you for accepting our family into yours and loving us all equally! You will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of you in their lives! We're so thankful Paisley could share lots of Sunday dinners with you and grandma!
July 6, 2018
As I think about you and losing you my heart is filled with deep sorrow. You meant more to the world than anyone may ever be able to comprehend. You provided Mom, and all of your children with the utmost in a father, with your Love and Wisdom. Cheri and I would have civic and political conversations from time to time and I always thought that we need to call Dad and ask his opinion on this issue. You provided all of the grandchildren with a grandfather to truly lookup to and admire. You and Mom provided me with the most incredible lady in the world to stand by my side as my bride "Cheri" and for all of this I am so very thankful. Sunday afternoon dinners will never be the same without you and your enlightened presence Dad.I will NEVER forget you and Mom walking through our door and your "Hello Dave" and then you and Mom walking over to the stove and checking out what was cooking each Sunday. In the short time that I was able to enjoy you in my life you showed me what it truly means to be a "Husband", "Dad", "Grandfather","Great Grandfather", and a true all around inspiration to everyone within the sound of your voice!! I Loved You And Will Forever Hold You In My Heart!!! I promised you that I will do everything within my power to protect the girls in your absence!! Although I will never be able to hold a candle to you Dad, I ask that your spirit will daily guide me to emulate you as much as I can without you!! Until we meet again Dad I Love You and I Will Forever Miss You!!! R.I.P May God Bless and Keep You By His Side!!!!
July 6, 2018
You are my everything. I looked up to you more than you can ever imagine. You were the best Dad in the world. I can not fathom life without you. I am so proud to be your daughter. I was always so eager and proud to tell my friends when I was young that you were a police officer. You are my idol. No words can truly express the loss that I am feeling right now. Rest In Peace dad. I will see you again someday!!
July 6, 2018
I never thought that this day would ever come or so soon. The day that I would loose the best man that I have ever known. I still feel like it isn’t real. Like I am going to just wake up from this nightmare. I miss you so much! No matter what you always loved me even when I always felt like I was disappointing you. You loved me and all of my faults!! You were the best role model to my kids and you were the best grandpa and great grandpa. You never complained about helping me and my kids and always gave us a home. You were always there for me and my kids and I couldn’t of asked God for a better grandpa and great grandpa to me and my kids. Everyone who has ever met you or got to know you were very lucky to have had met a man like you. You touched a lot of people’s lives. Thank you grandpa for everything that you have done for me, and for my kids. And thank you for your service in both the police force and in our United States Navy. You loved our country. I miss you so much grandpa and I hope you know how much I love you and how much I appreciate everything that you have done for me and my kids. Rest In Peace, I hope that heaven is everything that I think it is. I’m relieved to know you are not in anymore pain, even though I am so sad you are gone. Look over grandma and let her know you are there with her still. You and grandma are my true role models and the soul mates that warm my heart. Until we meet again again!! I love you!!