Kenneth Gene Barker, 81, of Shelbyville, IL, passed away at 1:25 AM Tuesday Mar. 10, 2015 in Shelbyville Manor in Shelbyville.
Kenny was born July 7, 1933 in Shelbyville the son of Joseph and Mabel Kessel Barker.
He married Alice Marie Bowlin on Oct. 16, 1955 in Effingham, IL.
Kenny graduated from Shelbyville High School in the Class of 1952.He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He loved working with his horses and tending a huge vegetable garden every year.
Kenny owned and operated Barker Implement Co. for 49 years beginning in 1961 and farmed.
Surviving are his wife Alice; children: Cheryl (Steve) Weakly of Shelbyville, Suzan (Eric) Kull of Shelbyville and Julie Barker of Champaign, IL; grandchildren: Josh (Kaleena) Weakly of Shelbyville, Erica (Derrick) Hardy of Shelbyville, Jake Kull of Shelbyville, Ashley Grabb of Boulder, CO and Alexandra Wilson of Champaign; great grandchildren: Jax, Kinley, Jasper and Cooper and brother Charles (Carolyn) Barker of Shelbyville.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mabel Barker.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday March. 13, 2015 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville.Rev. Monte Bowers will officiate.Visitation will be from 11:00AM Friday until time of the service in the funeral home.Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.Memorials may be made in Kenny’s memory to Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the wonderful nursing staff and care-givers at Shelbyville Manor for the love and care given to Kenny and our family during a very difficult time.On line condolences may be directed to the family atwww.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com