June 10, 2020
- 7:00 PM
June 10, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
June 11, 2020
- 11:00 AM
June 11, 2020Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo
William “Bill” Barker, 78, Fargo passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2020 under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, Fargo and his caregiver Mohammed Sheriff.
Bill was born August 3, 1941 in Larned, KS to Clarence and Winifred (Barnes) Barker. He graduated from Pratt Kansas High School before attending Emporia State College where he graduated with a degree in Botany in 1961. He also obtained his master’s degree while at Emporia State. He went on to the receive his PhD in Botany from the University of Kansas in 1968.
He married Sharon Betsworth on September 8, 1962 in Hugoton, KS.
He started his career at NDSU in 1968 in the Botany Department. He contributed to the “Flora of the Great Plains,” published by the University of Kansas. He was proud to continue his entire career at NDSU, retiring in 2008. He only missed a Bison Football Game twice in his life, one including his daughter’s wedding. His love for his students and athletes, where he was an advisor for many student athletes gave him so much joy throughout his working career.
He was very active in the Fargo Babe Ruth baseball program where he also served as President. He was a long-time member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He loved spending time outdoors, fishing and hunting and being able to spend quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be missed by those he leaves behind.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sharon, Fargo; children, Clarence (Alice) Barker, Sioux Falls, SD, Sandra (Jason) Jaeger, Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Eric Barker, Kaylee Barker, Jack Jaeger, Joey Jaeger, Ryan Bosch; sister, Kathelia Baldwin, Wichita, KS, and brother, Dennis Barker, Shelby, MT.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Josh Bosch.
Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo. Please bring your own mask to be worn at the church.
Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.
Bill’s Live Streamed Funeral Mass can be viewed via the following link starting on Thursday at 11:00 A.M.:
Bill’s Live Streamed Prayer Service can be viewed below starting at 6:45 P.M. today:
Bill’s Video Tribute can be viewed below: