Lynn Anderson Barker, a kind and gentle man for all seasons, died from a brave 18-year battle with Alzheimer’s on August 17, 2017, in Walla Walla, Wash.
He was born July 31, 1929, near Salem, Ore., at his family home, the son of Ernest Samuel Barker and Esther Lorena Anderson Barker.
Lynn attended Salem schools, graduating from Salem High School in 1947.
In high school, Lynn was active in Future Farmers of America and was club president and delegate to the state and national convention. He eventually earned his State Farmer degree and was admitted to Oregon State University.
While at Salem High School, he met Helen Shelton at age 16. After her graduation in 1948, they were married on June 6, 1948, at the First Methodist Church in Salem. Their marriage lasted 69 years.
During that time, they were blessed with four daughters; Deborah Lynne, Kathleen Ann, Eileen Gay, and Nancy Helen.
A wide and varied career in business enriched their lives. His career including farming, ranching in Salem and then in Central Oregon. He had a successful construction business that he ran out of The Dalles, which entailed projects all over the west coast and Canada. His ranches in Terrebonne and Dufur included registered Red Angus cattle.
Lynn is survived by his dear family; loving wife, Helen; adoring daughters and their husbands, Deborah and John Lee of Milton-Freewater, Kathleen and Brooks Lieuallen of Athena, Eileen Palmer and Michael Pilney of Tigard, and Nancy and Kenneth DePriest of Sisters and Kingsland, Texas; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at the Athena, Ore., Cemetery at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. It was followed by a memorial Service at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Milton-Freewater, Oregon at 10:30 a.m. at 703 S. Main Street.
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