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David Barker
February 20, 1952 - May 13, 2020

David Barker, 68, of Oelwein passed away Wednesday May 13, 2020.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to: David Barker’s Benefit Account, at Veridian Credit Union.

David Christy Barker was born in Oelwein on February 20, 1952 to parents Donald and Sylvia (Wheeler) Barker.  He graduated from Oelwein High School.  Dave Joined the National Guard and served Active Duty during the Vietnam War era.  Dave was united in marriage with Laura Eick and they later divorced.  In May of 1985 he was united in marriage with Pearl Moore until she passed away.  In September of 2016 he was united in marriage with his companion of 14 years, Annette Lausier-Johnson.

Dave had served as Chief of Police in Hawkeye and as a Reserve Police Officer in Oelwein.  Dave also worked as a security Guard at Mercy Hospital.  He later worked construction for many years. 

David was a good man who had many titles; from brother, husband, dad, grandpa, uncle, friend, to contractor, police officer and military personnel.  He valued hard work, honesty and family above all.  He had no biological children; however, 7 people called him dad.  Some of them adopted, some he raised, and others he just loved, nurtured, and encouraged.  All of them were his children.  He worried about them, and was there for them when he was needed, even when they disappointed him, or they didn't need him.  He loved them all like a father does.  He enjoyed his grandchildren; teaching them lessons they needed and loving them, even the ones he couldn't be with.  He valued his family; they made him who he was from the beginning.  Starting with his parents, his brothers and sisters.  He loved them all, and even when they had different views, he listened to them and understood.  He loved all his nieces and nephews, whether biological or through marriage, and mentored many.  Dave loved all his friends, and did all he could for them.  He spent his life in service to others, from his military service and police work, to construction, where he built a business by word of mouth because of his honesty, integrity and willingness to stand by his work.  He fixed or built a lot of homes and businesses in, and around Oelwein.  His handiwork can be seen everywhere.  He loved animals and took in some that had no one, and he would vet many stray cats to prevent over population and keep them healthy.  He enjoyed music and classic muscle cars as hobbies.  Dave fought a long, hard battle with cancer, shocking even his doctors with his strength.  He touched so many in his life and many, would not be who they are without him.  He will be deeply missed by his family and community.

Left to celebrate Dave’s life is his wife Annette Barker; his children: Valerie Schaedel, Linda Roland, Joseph Barker, Julie Evans, Jennifer Dison, Sarah Johnson and Brian Johnson; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his siblings: Kenneth Barker, Monte (Sue) Barker, Pam Walters, Bryan (Sheryl) Barker, Bruce (Deb) Barker, Hal (Joelyn) Barker, Judith Barker, Bob (Sherri) Barker and Cindy Walters; his many nieces and nephews; his many in-laws; and his best friend Al Hendershott.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Pearl; his ex-wife Laura; his siblings: Donald Barker, Tim Barker, Jeff Barker and Pat Wagner; his sisters-in-law: Rita Barker and Lorna Barker; his brother-in-law Todd Walters; and his grandson Nathanial Doty.


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Robin and Bill Rosenstiel on June 19, 2020 at 8:12 AM said:

To Pam and All the Barker Family,sending our deepest sympathy in the loss of David
annette barker on June 1, 2020 at 4:20 PM said:

Thank you for all your kind words and thoughts
Anonymous on May 31, 2020 at 3:03 PM said:

Thank you for all your kind words and thoughts
April Coonfare on May 19, 2020 at 4:28 PM said:

So sorry for your loss! Dave will be missed by many! Always respectfull and polite . No more Pain!
Kim Gamm on May 19, 2020 at 3:20 PM said:

His loss is felt greatly by his family and friends is great, he will be free of all his mortal pain and will surely wait for his beloved cats to cross the rainbow bridge as well as his beloved friend of 14 years.
Debbie Barker on May 19, 2020 at 2:57 PM said:

The best brother in law I could ever ask for.
David had the biggest heart ever and was alway
so good to everyone he knew. Our kids adored their
Uncle Dave, always learning from him.
You will be very very missed by all of us. until
We meet again, we love you!
Dawn Burco Givant on May 19, 2020 at 4:08 AM said:

Dave and I became friends in the late 70's. He was a very kind-hearted man. After I moved away he would always stop to talk to my mom whenever he saw her and catch up on any family news. She loved their visits. David may be gone, but he will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God
Lylle & Nancy Miller on May 18, 2020 at 12:09 PM said:

Deepest Sympathy & condolences. We all knew Dave had biggest heart you could imagine. We'll all miss him & may God bless.
Wendy Moore Frentress on May 18, 2020 at 8:24 AM said:

So sorry to hear about David’s passing. We all had a lot of fun as kids. My sympathies to all of you. Wendy
Jo and Steve Meyer on May 18, 2020 at 8:11 AM said:

Always enjoyed talking with Dave. He was a very caring soul and wasn’t afraid to show it. Rest In Peace Dave.
Tom Kringlen on May 18, 2020 at 5:57 AM said:

A nice person and every time I interacted with him I ended up thinking about how friendly and pleasant he was. R.XI.P.
police man friend on May 18, 2020 at 5:56 AM said:

Dave was a good man will be missed
Mary Anne Knight on May 17, 2020 at 9:46 PM said:

I didn't know Dave personally, but do know Bruce and Deb and Jo Ann. It is obvious, from all of the wonderful comments here, that you lost a very loving human being. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and all his family, during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
Junior&Connie Larson on May 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM said:

May God give you Comfort and Peace.Dave was a great neighbor, we will surely miss seeing you drive by our house every day. Our Prayers for Dave's family, God has Wonderful plans for this Amazing man.
Amanda Phillips on May 17, 2020 at 7:22 PM said:

My condolences to the family, Dave was such a friendly person always smiling!
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