COLBERT T. BARKER

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Funeral services for Bert Barker, 82 year old Casper man who passed away suddenly at his home in Casper early Tuesday morning, will be held Saturday December 31st at 10:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home in Buffalo with Pastor Quin Williams officiating. Visitation will be held from the Adams Funeral Home on Friday 1:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo with graveside rites to follow the funeral. Donations in Mr. Barker's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.

Colbert Thomas Barker was born on September 26, 1929 in Pistol River, Oregon to Colbert and Floe Barker. He moved with his family to Upton, Wyoming as a child, where he grew up and went to school. As a young man he joined the Army National Guard and served for several years and worked at a variety of jobs in Wyoming and Cortez, Colorado. He was married on May 29, 1958 in Casper to Marjorie Trehearne and they made their home in Douglas, Wyoming where Bert owned a filling station with his father-in-law. They moved to Casper in November of 1959 where Colbert opened the Skelly Service Station on C.Y. Which they later relocated to the Exxon Station on Center Street. In 1964 Bert sold the Exxon Station and became a self taught master mechanic. He took a job with Black Hills Bentonite as a heavy equipment mechanic where he worked for 24 years before retiring in 1995. After retirement Bert and Marjorie continued living in Casper until the time of his death.

He was a member of the NRA. With an 8th grade education and the IQ of any doctorate holder, he was able to provide his family every want and necessity. If the adage, he who dies the most toys wins, Bert finished far ahead of the rest. Bert was an avid outdoors-man and loved fishing, hunting and camping. He loved working on his model A's and model T cars and spending time with family, especially his grand kids.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie of Mills; two daughters Klrinda Matthews-Hitshew of Casper and Diane Carpenter and her husband Rob of Lusk, Wyoming; two brothers John Barker of Lusk, Wyoming and Matt Barker of Upton; four grandchildren, Dustin Hitshew and his wife Shantilla, Brandy Hitshew, Chase Erdman and his wife Dana and Deidre Hudson and her husband Eric; five great-grandchildren; Ashton Goerl, Draven and Jackson Hitshew, Brody and Athan Erdman and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one nephew.