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William C. Barker age 86, formerly of Lansing Illinois, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Clarendale of Schererville. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Arlene Barker, his sister Beverly Wright and his parents Clifford and Doretta Barker. He is survived by his cherished daughters: Bonnie (Dale) Jurecki and Pam (Joseph) Darragh.
William (Bud) was a loving husband and father, who spent his life providing selflessly for his family. He lost his fight to live with the passing of his wife, Arlene, whom he referred to as ‘My love of My life’. As an Architectural Engineer for Inland Steel (currently known as ArcelorMittal) he took great pride in his work and was known for coming in ahead of schedule and below budget. The true joy of his life was his summer home in Decatur, Michigan. William loved the peace and tranquility of the lake and shared his home with family and friends for over 50 years. The memories of the many weekends and summer holidays spent there will forever be cherished by all whose lives he touched. As a ‘lifetime’ member of the Decatur VFW, he enjoyed spending time at the many parades and events sponsored by the VFW. He loved relaxing on his pontoon at his favorite spot on Lake of the Woods dubbed ‘Barker’s Island’. He always jumped right in with his handy work and tinkering whenever needed for his family, friends and neighbors. As a father, his two daughters could not have asked for a more loving, generous and always supportive dad. William found the sons he never had in his two wonderful sons-in-law, whom he loved deeply. While he was not blessed with grandchildren, he loved his furry grandbabies Latte, Sugar, Hazel and Autumn, who loved sitting on ‘Grampy’s’ lap or at his feet.
William moved to Clarendale of Schererville earlier this year after a long search for a comfortable place. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses, aids and care givers with Clarendale of Schererville, Hospice of Calumet and Need a Helping Hand for the extraordinary care and compassion he received in his final days.
Per Williams wishes, in conjunction with his wife Arlene, he will be cremated and ashes will be released at ‘Barker’s Island’ on Lake of the Woods in Decatur, Michigan. He did not wish to have a formal service but the family will be holding a celebration of life at a time yet to be determined.