William Clare “Bill” Barker, 75, Hays, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, at his home.
He was born May 7, 1943, in Norton to Clarence J. and Goldie E. (Van Diest) Barker. He was a 1961 graduate of Prairie View High School and a 1965 graduate of Kansas State University.
He married Priyanai (Suvanasingha) on Nov. 28, 1969, in Little Rock, Ark. She preceded him in death Nov. 30, 1994. He later married Rita J. (Long) on May 31, 1997, in Hays. He worked in Oberlin, Colby and Hays in the insurance and banking business and retired in 2008 after 20 years with the Farmers Credit Union in Hays. He taught middle school for a few years in Buhler and Independence before moving to Hays in 1990. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran during the Vietnam War and served four years in Bangkok, Thailand and Little Rock.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hays, lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6882 and Rotary Club, both of Colby.
He enjoyed fishing, all sports and was an avid Kansas State fan.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Barker, of the home; a daughter, Anita Thiel and husband, Jess, Levant; two stepdaughters, Sue Molnar, Hays, Donna Lehmann and husband, Anand Mukherjee, Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Steve Barker and wife, Suzanne, Kearney, Neb., Dave Barker and wife, Cathy, Lawrence; and two grandchildren, Oscar and Nora Mukherjee.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Hays; burial in Fort Hays Memorial Gardens, Hays, with military honors by Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601 and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or Hospice of Hays Medical Center, in care of the mortuary.
Condolences can be left by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.