Richard Daniel "Dan" Barker, 78, of Washington, IN, passed away on March 6, 2016. He was born on January 23, 1938 in Big Stone Gap, VA to Victor C. and Vera Mae (Neeley) Barker. On October 29, 1965 he married the love of his life Peggy (Wineinger) Barker. They just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Dan was a retired Master Chief Petty Officer (E9) with Submarine Qualifications. During his 30 years of service, he served on 9 different submarines, including being part of the Pre-Commissioning crews for the USS West Virginia SSBN 736 Blue Crew and the Francis Scott Key SSBN 657 Gold Crew, and loved every minute of his beloved career. He was stationed in Yokohama, Japan, New London, CT, Thurso, Scotland, Albuquerque, NM, and Kings Bay, GA. His last assignment was at Crane, IN where he was honored to be Command Master Chief. He retired from there in December 1993, capping off a lifetime of service to the country he loved. He was a member of Antioch Christian Church, the Legion, VFW, Masonic Lodge, and the Submarine Veterans of IN. He loved camping with his wife and spending time with her and his family outdoors. He also enjoyed collecting coins and shopping at Harbor Freight.


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