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Gerald “Jerry” Dewaine Barker

Gerald “Jerry” Dewaine Barker, age 70, of Mena, Arkansas, died on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on Tuesday, April 3, 1951, to Paul Herbert and Donis Ellen Clary Barker in Westmoreland, Kansas.

Jerry was a compassionate man whose laughter and humor will be missed by all who heard it. He loved life and had a sense of humor that could brighten anyone’s day. Jerry was proud to graduate college and went on to be an MRI Technician. He was known affectionately as “Uncle Jerry” by the kids that he worked with. Jerry liked to read mystery novels and listen to the Grateful Dead. He loved his chihuahua, Poco, whom he was rarely ever without. Jerry was a member of the Polk County Democrat Party, Humane Society, and Sociable Seniors. He was also a member and talented voice actor of the Ouachita Little Theater. Family always took precedence in his life. His proudest moment was falling in love with his beloved wife, Imelda. They spent 20 wonderfully happy years together. Jerry was a loving husband, son, stepfather, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul Herbert Barker; two brothers, J.R. Barker, and Don Barker; and two aunts, Connie Clary Hutchinson and Shirley Barker Looney.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Imelda Barker of Mena; his mother, Donis Ellen Barker of Banning, California; two stepsons and stepdaughter-in-law, Michael Aswell of Houston, Texas, and Bryan and Laura Aswell of Houston, Texas; one brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Marilyn Barker of Beaumont, California; aunt and uncle, Pat and Cecil Vining of Richmond, Kansas, and uncle, Darrell Hutchinson of Georgetown, Texas; six step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins and many really good friends.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with brother Don Martin officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Ouachita’s at 366 Polk Rd 50, Mena, AR 71953 or CASA of the Ouachita Region at 812B Dequeen St, Mena, AR 71953.

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