Fred graduated from Lake Odessa High School and Northwood Institute. Fred served in the U.S. Marines and returned home from Vietnam as a decorated Veteran and with a Purple Heart. He retired from General Motors in 1997. Fred enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, telling an epic story, time with his family, good food and fun. He was a man if you knew him for a minute then you had a friend for life. He was a man who always found the silver lining in all that life had to give. A day would not go by without it being filled with his laughter. Most importantly he was a loving DAD, Husband, Brother and Uncle. He will be greatly missed. He was a member of the Liederkranz, the Mecosta Rod and Gun Club and the Okemos Sportsman Club and avid U of M fan.
Fred was predeceased by his Father, William; and Mother, Geraldine; and Brother, Donald. He is survived by his loving wife, Carole; Son, Fredrick, Jr.; Daughters, Jennifer and Billi and Grandson, Maksim; Brothers, Bill, Chuck, Tom; and Sisters, Emilene and Mary Jean.
There will be a private memorial service for friends and family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 330 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003, or Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 West Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906 in memory of Fredrick Barker. Condolences may be left for the family at www.EstesLeadley.com.