Robert A. “Bob” Barker

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Robert A. “Bob” Barker, 85, longtime resident of Keene, died early Monday morning, Sept. 9, 2019, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

He was born on March 31, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Caroline (Hummel) and William Barker. He attended high school in Brooklyn and two years of college through the U.S. Air Force, where he worked on radar towers in Libya, Morocco, and Santa Fe, NM. While in Santa Fe, he performed the heroic deed of delivering a stranger’s baby in the back of a moving vehicle.

On May 16, 2003, he married Jean A. (Lecuyer) Wilmott in a simple service at Ashuelot River Park. They have been married for sixteen years. Bob and Jean owned a lighting store, The Lighting Showroom, in Keene for several years. Before that, Bob ran other businesses in Manchester, VT., and Texas, including a plumbing and heating supply store and an excavation business. He retired in 2004.

Bob enjoyed creating paintings for family members, camping, going to the casinos, traveling, reading, and his Maltese dog, Barney, the apple of his eye. He loved to share his passion for history and stories of his time in the military with his step grand-children.

Bob was a 50-year-plus member of Freemasonry.

Bob is survived by his wife Jean of Keene. A son, Jonathan Barker of Miami Beach, FL. and another son and two daughters, all of New Jersey. Three stepchildren: Troy Wilmott and his wife Jessica of Alstead, Frederick (Rick) Wilmott Jr. and his fiancé, Britany Caparelli of Providence, R.I. and Sharon Wilmott Koshar and her husband, Glenn of Keene. Five grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother, William Barker and his sister Carol McKune.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A memorial service with military honors to follow will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 11 am. in the funeral chapel. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.

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