Pete Barker, from Edmonds Washington, passed away peacefully January 22, 2023, at the age of 88. Born Peter John Barker, May 1, 1934, in Salem Oregon to Beulah (Lanktree) Barker and John M Barker. Pete was the youngest of three children. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ray and his second wife Jewell Florene Barker (Micky). He is survived by his sister, Nancy Ewbank, his first wife Marcia King, children; Scott, Denise, Sean, and Bridgett. 7 Grandchildren, and 8 Great grandchildren.
Pete joined the Navy in June of 1951 and served 4 years in the Korean War, as an airplane mechanic. One of the highlights to his enlistment was the time stationed in Okinawa Japan. He enjoyed the experience away from home - making friends and collecting memories.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Pete established residency in Washington state and worked various jobs, until he found his trade as a journeyman union carpenter. Pete had quite the group of friends and was fortunate to meet and marry Marcia, in the winter of 1959. They established their first home in Edmonds, Washington and raised four children.
Pete’s life shifted in 1982, when he had a terrible work accident. He fell 3 stories down incurring serious head injuries. His prognosis was bleak, and everyone was concerned for his life. He overcame the injuries and damage from the accident and was able to return to work after a long rehabilitation. Pete beat the odds, recovered, working until retirement, as a Maintenance Manager for the Cornish College of the Arts. These events led his acceptance of the Lord into his life.
Pete was a good husband and father, always involved and supporting his family’s activities. He was an Awana leader at church, assistant scout master, soccer coach. Pete always found time to attend school and sporting events.
The summer of 86, Pete married his second wife, Jewell Florene (Doss) Barker (Micky). They took Fred Astaire dance lessons together and enjoyed dancing at the Seattle Center House on weekends.
Camping, boating, fishing, and collecting Franklin Mint collector cars, were Pete’s favorite hobbies. Old time country music was on the top of his list of favorites to listen on his radio, along with the Paul Harvey broadcasts. Pete loved Client Eastwood and any western movies.
Pete enjoyed his life, family, and friends. The family is having a private Celebration of Life and Remembrance to honor him.