Diane L. Barker

Diane L. Barker

Diane Lynn Barker passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

She was born August 13, 1946 in Vicksburg, the daughter of Lloyd and Nellie (Russell) Franks. Diane had owned and operated a beauty shop in Otsego, had worked at Borgess Hospital and recently made and sold necklaces.

In her spare time she enjoyed doing crafts, knitting hats for the homeless, making jewelry, and helping with the children’s ministries at her church. Diane loved her family very much. Her husband, children and grandchildren were the joy of her life. In 1965 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, she married James Barker who survives.

Also surviving are her children, Jaimie (Brian) Miller of Gobles and Rob (Stephanie) Barker of Arlington, TX; 5 grandchildren, Britni VanCuran, Asher Barker, Seth Barker, Nicole Cooley and Ben Miller; many siblings; brother-in-law, Bill Barker along with many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may visit with Diane’s family from 2-5 P.M., Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 12:00 P.M., Monday, February 5, 2018 with Pastor Dar VanderWal officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Diane may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. Maryln Langeance says:

    JIm So hard to lose someone you love. Thinking of you

  2. Maryln Langeance says:

    JIm So hard to lose someone you love. Thinking of you

  3. Dave Bronson/Audrey Taylor says:

    This was not something I wanted to see. So sorry for you all. She was a beautiful talented lady.

  4. Tom Loizzi says:

    Jim,
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. My heart goes out to you and the kids. May God comfort and console you.

  5. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Family of Diane,
    We were so saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. She was a lovely, beautiful person! Please know that she is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! Love and prayers to you all!

  6. Dave and Cindy Richardson says:

    Very sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Ruth King says:

    Jim – blessings on your family. She was One of the few people that I have met that is truly what she appeared to be. What a joy she was to everyone around her.!!!

  8. Bob Miles says:

    Bill sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you

  9. Sandra Fleming says:

    Jim, Jaimie, Rob and families, Dan and I want to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to all. Diane was such a wonderful person. And I am so thankful that I got to call her my friend. I have know Diane since our high school years at Vicksburg High School. And we have had some very good times together. And I know from different conversations with her that her family was the love of her life. And how close she was with you Jaimie and her grandson Ben. I know of the pain that she had been going through and she is safely in Gods hands now. Diane was a very good christian and she is now that special angel that will keep watch of you all.

  10. Gemetha and Albert Carter says:

    Family of Diane Barker,
    We are so sad to hear of Diane’s passing. Heaven is sweeter now.
    I know you will all miss her terribly. She loved and adored each of you. May God’s peace and comfort be abundant in this special time of grief.
    Jim, to you especially, know that we are praying for you. We know what it is like to loose a spouse. God will be extra close to you as you go through this time of grief. Love you all.

  11. Sue Prevost says:

    Jim, I am so sorry that you and your family have lost Diane. I can still picture the young handsome sailor who met a very pretty, always cheerful, girl named Diane. You guys seemed perfect for each other. The Barkers were a big part of the Prevost family’s lives in those days and I have so many great memories. My love and sympathy to you all…….Sue

  12. Patty Lutz and Bob Corrigan says:

    Jim so sorry for your loss!

  13. Jan Myers says:

    Jim and kids, I have such fond memories of our time together back when we were so young and our kids were still little. I’m so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing and will be thinking of you all as you go through this difficult time. May Diane rest in peace and you hang onto all of those wonderful memories, they are so helpful.

    Jan myers

  14. John & Diane Glessner says:

    Dear Jim & family,
    We our so, so sorry about Diane’s passing. She was such a sweet, classy lady. Very thankful for her strong faith and knowing she is with her Lord. God bless you.
    Sending prayers,
    John & Diane Glessner

  15. John & Diane Glessner says:

    Dear Jim & family,
    We are so, so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing, she was such a sweet, classy lady and we are thankful for her strong faith. May God be with you at this sad time.
    Sending our prayers from Florida.
    John & Diane Glessner

  16. Rhonda walker says:

    I only met DIANE a couple of times. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. May God bless and comfort your family praying you.

  17. Lorna Sisson says:

    Dear Jim and family

    We were so very saddened to hear of your great loss. Diane was a very special person who touched so many lives. Remembering our fun together in our younger years. She always had that great smile and cute giggle. She was a beautiful soul. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand as you take one day at a time. Out hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So sorry we cannot be at her service as we are in Florida.
    Sending hugs and love, Lorna and Craig

  18. Sue Higgs says:

    Jim so sorry to hear that Diane has passed. She was a special lady and know you will miss her dearly. She is now at peace with no more suffering.

  19. Sandrea (Crapo) and Dan Minger; Vicksburg says:

    We are saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. She was a VHS classmate and a very special person. We were able to catch up during our 50th class reunion.

  20. Darl and Joyce Gilliland says:

    Dear Jim,
    We are so sad to hear about your sweet Diane. You two were such a cute couple and Diane was a beautiful soul. May you hold onto the good memories to help you get through this difficult time. Sending our love and prayers. Darl and Joyce

  21. John Gibson says:

    Jim……So very sorry to learn of Diane’s passing. I am without words to express my sorrow. May God’s love and peace be with you and your family at this time.

  22. Joan Walters says:

    Jim and family
    So sorry to learn of Diane’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Teri Tripp says:

    Dear Jim,Jaime,Robbie, This truly saddens me to hear. Your Diane was such a wonderful influence on me. She is a Beautiful Soul and I’m blessed to know her. I know you will cherish her memories and keep her forever in your heart. Diane was a mentor to me. I admired her many talents. She inspired me in many ways. She had the best giggle. Bowling with her on Wed afternoons, playing Bingo and splitting the pot, Hair Shows, Mary Kay,…always a Beautiful Lady. She will be missed by all.
    Teri Bent Tripp

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