Ramon Rex Barker of Elma, Wash., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Ray lived a full life and was a very proud man. He served in the U.S. Navy for a term in the 1950s and held many jobs before settling into a career he loved the most … driving trucks. He was an “owner-operator” for over 50 years before he finally retired in 1999. Due to his love for trucking, he continued working as a “relief driver” for several companies until 2005.
Ray is survived by his wife of 42 years, BJ (Bonnie) Barker. He has three sons, Scott, Kirby and Corey, and a daughter, Raelynn. He also has six step-children Mary, Vallory, Theresa, Becky, Ben and Virginia, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ray not only loved all aspects of trucking, he equally loved working on them as well. He was known to have been able to fix or repair just about anything he could put his hands on and in his later years, fixing and repairing antique clocks became one of his favorite passions. Ray enjoyed watching the history channel and especially military types of shows and movies. He loved working on his property but nothing brought him more pleasure than spending time with his wife and his dogs…Bear and Baby. Ray will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of Ray’s life and potluck will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the McCleary Community Center.
Please visit and sign the online tribute to Ray@ www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.