Howard Eugene Barker, 74, of Santa Paula, passed away on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, in Santa Paula.
He was born May 9, 1937, in Maryville, Tenn. He was a resident of Ventura County for 65 years coming from Maryville. He worked as a truck driver for 25 years.
Howard was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his sister, Evelyn. Howard is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary; son, Howard and wife Leah; son, John; daughter Kim; brother, Charles Barker; sisters, Rose Silvers and Jean Claussen; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank Dr. Constantine, Dr. Deustch and the staff at Santa Paula Hospital for their care of Dad.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Santa Paula. Funeral service and burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, at Santa Paula Cemetery.
The Day God Called You Home A million times we've needed you, A million times we've cried. If love alone could've saved you, You never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, No one else could ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn't go alone. Part of us went with you, The day God called you home.