Ronald A. Barker

Jan 15, 2013
Ronald A. Barker

Detroit Lakes, Minn. — Ronald A. Barker, 76, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., formerly of Union, died Jan. 12, 2013 at Essentia Health – Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Ronald Abbott Barker was born on May 13, 1936 in Rockland to Edgar and Christine Brown Barker. He grew up and received his education in Union. He was united in marriage to Geraldine Tolman on July 17, 1955. He worked as a mechanic at the family business, Barker’s Garage for 45 years before retiring and moving to Detroit Lakes in 2000 to be near his son, who was battling cancer.

Ron was always willing to help others, which he did in many different ways. He enjoyed volunteering at the Detroit Lakes Wetlands District and the Becker County Food Pantry. Ron also enjoyed reading and the walks that he took frequently.

He is survived by his wife Geraldine; one son, Jeffrey (Barbara) Barker, of Branford, Conn.; four grandchildren, Samantha Barker, Matthew Barker, Peter (Lin) Stoyak, and Kelly Stoyak; four great-grandchildren, Kristi Stoyak, Nikki Stoyak, Melissa Stoyak, and Tory Torello; one sister, Mary Alice (Fred) Carey, of St, George; one niece and three cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Julie Barker; one brother, David Barker; and his parents.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be at East Union Cemetery in Union in the spring.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the messages of sympathy section at

Comments (1)
Posted by: DA Taylor | Jan 15, 2013 17:47

Rest in peace Ron.  You were a good neighbor and always willing to help me at the garage.  My condolences to your family. 


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