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Robert W. Barker


Robert William Barker

Robert William Barker in uniform.  This photo was taken about 1939.  He was born 28 Feb 1908 in Meridian and died 5 Aug 1969 in Walnut Creek,  California.

In 1928 Robert enlisted in the Navy only to be discharged 6 weeks later due to an undisclosed disability. In 1930 he was listed in the census as a mechanic living with his parents in Meridian. In 1933 he was married to Geneva Raulerson and living in Mobile, Alabama, still employed as a mechanic. This marriage ended in divorce. By 1937 he was shipping out on the steamer Bald Hill initially as third assistant. By 1945 he had become the chief engineer. In 1940 Bob and Elsie Thrash were married in Hattiesburg, Mississippi by the Reverend Blanding Vaughan. They immediately relocated to Martinez, California where their two children were born and raised. Robert quit going to sea in 1945 and became employed by the Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez and eventually retired from that company. He lived in Pleasant Hill, California until his death in 1969.


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