Jack Barker

Obituary of Jack Barker

Jack K. Barker, 87, of Westfield, passed away on the early morning of Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Premier Healthcare in Sheridan.  He was born on February 27, 1930 to Clarence and Helen (Fulton) Barker in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jack attended Westfield Schools where he had a perfect attendance record from first through twelfth grade. He played Right Guard on the Westfield Shamrock’s Championship Football team of 1947. He attended Purdue University, graduating in 1952 with a degree in Pharmacy. While attending Purdue he was a member of the R.O.T.C and following graduation served two years in the Army Reserve. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Noblesville in his twenties and worked as a retail Pharmacist for 45 years in both Indiana and Texas.

During his career, Jack was co-owner of the Westfield Pharmacy from 1958-1961. He was the manager of Parr's Suburban and Bel-Air Drugs in Corpus Christie Texas. Jack was a partner in the Corner Drug Store in Noblesville, Indiana from 1969-1971 and sole proprietor of the Westfield Pharmacy from 1971-1980.

He was an avid hobbyist with a keen curiosity about the world. Jack was a life-long fan of the Indianapolis 500, committing to memory all of the winners from 1911-1990, including their sponsors, car owners and engine types! He was also a train spotter and amateur magician. He loved chemistry, music, the humor of Jonathan Winters, Danny Kaye and Dick Van Dyke, as well as the study of electronics and working on automobiles.

Jack is survived by his son, Eric W. Barker; daughter, Jenny L. Barker; numerous nieces & nephews; and sisters-in-law, Zelma Hunt and Leota Barker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Barker; daughter, Sally Ann Barker; and siblings, Byron O. Barker (Norma), Carolyn J. Barker Howe (William), Clarence “Red” F. Barker, and Ruth E. Barker Nesbitt (Charles).

He is deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Randall & Roberts Fishers Mortuary, 12010 Allisonville Road in Fishers, with visitation from 11:00 am to the time of service.  Rev. Richard D. Bell will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Indianapolis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 197 South 9th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060.