Obituary: Lawrence Barker


Lawrence "Larry" Ernest Barker, 73, of Bettendorf, passed away May 26, 2020, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

He was born on Oct. 11, 1946, to Ernest and Mildred (Lorenz) Barker in Newark, NJ, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, in 1964. He earned his B.S in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. Larry married Janet Etter in Hastings, Mich., on Sept. 5, 1970.

Larry began working at the Scott County Health Department in 1976, and served as its director from 1983 until retiring in 2010. He was a member of the Iowa Quad Cities Rotary Club, United Way, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa.

Preceding Larry in death were his parents and sister, June Barker Jones. Survivors include his wife Janet; four children: Thad (Suzy) Barker of North Liberty; Kelley (Justin) Kerns of Aurora, Colo.; Kevin (Jessica) Barker of Bettendorf, and Sarah (Steven Seyfried) Barker of Bettendorf; 10 grandchildren; and sister Janet (Herbert) Barker Head.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date when people can gather safely. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Bettendorf Presbyterian Church, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Condolences may be expressed at