Travis E. Barker, Sr, 86, passed away Sep 29,2020

Travis E. Barker, Sr, 86, of Hartford, peacefully departed this life on Sep 29,2020.

A lifelong resident of the Hartford and St. Joseph areas, he will be missed. Travis was born July 9, 1934 in Savannah, TN. A Hartford High School graduate, class of 1953, Travis was a stand-out athlete who led his team to the State Basketball Semi-finals. He played for House of David basketball team and as opponent to the Harlem Globetrotters. He was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army in Germany, before returning back to settle into civilian life. He was employed for over 20 years at Clark Equipment. He took his family across the US camping, exploring the wonder that is America. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He spent many hours on his boat with his lines in the water. His favorite times were on Lake Michigan, waiting for the excitement of a yellow perch “double header”. Honestly, any lake or fish would do – he loved it!

He was preceded in death by his father and mother: Odis (Coley) Barker and Atlas (Nell) Barker (Hinton) of Hartford, his sister Ruth Seel of Fla., his former wife, Nancy (Johnson) of St. Joseph.

Survivors include his sister, Helen Roderick (Don) of Ky.; his three sons, Larry Walter of South Haven, Travis (Lea Ann), of St Louis, and Steve Barker (Marites), of Benton Harbor. He also had four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 1pm on Monday, October 5 at Duffield & Pastrick Funeral Home in Coloma and a memorial service at 2pm. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Travis's memory may be made to the Hartford Athletic Dept. Those wishing to share a memory online may do so by selecting the link on this page.




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