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Loren Joseph "Joe" Barker
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Birth: Aug. 23, 1921
Van Buren County
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1941
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

He was a crewman on the USS Arizona. His remains are still entombed on the battleship today. His name is inscribed on the Memorial Tabel in the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Memorial Rites Held

**Handwritten: 1942

Final Tribute Paid Loren Joe Barker, First Van Buren County Man Lost in Enemy Attack.

Memorial services for Loren Joe Barker, 20-year-old Keosauquan who was reported missing by the navy department following action with the enemy, were held at the
Methodist church in Keosauqua at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

Relatives of Mr. Barker include his wife, the former Susan Elizabeth Tharp of Keosauqua to whom he was married secretly in May, 1940; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Barker of Keosauqua; a sister, Mrs. Bruce Davis of Keosauqua; three nieces; a number of uncles, aunts and cousins, and his grandmother, Mrs. Jennie Keck of Keosauqua.

The memorial services were conducted by the Rev. C.H. Orf, pastor of the church, with the assistance of W.W. Overholt and other members of the American Legion, the Williams brothers quartet, and Mrs. Esther Arthmann as organist. The 1938 class of the Keosauqua high school, of which the young man was a member, together with the high school students attended in a body.

A picture of Mr. Barker, who had been promoted to coxswain in the navy, was placed in a setting of flowers and lighted candles. Above hung the American flag, and on one side stood the American flag which had been carried to the church by the American Legion, and on the other side was the Legion standard.

Mr. Barker was the first member of the armed forces from Van Buren county to be reported missing in action after the enemy made its surprise attack preceding the declaration of war.

Source: Van Buren Co. Genealogical Society Obituary Book E, Page 32, Keosauqua Public Library, Keosauqua, IA 
Family links: 
  Joseph Manchester Barker (1881 - 1966)
  Iva Belle Keck Barker (1885 - 1974)
  Jennie Dolores Barker Davis (1906 - 1948)*
  Loren Joseph Barker (1921 - 1941)
  Loren Joseph Barker (1921 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
USN. Lost his life at Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941
Oak Lawn Cemetery
Van Buren County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Debbie Smith
Originally Created by: Donna Bogs
Record added: Jul 14, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11353139
Loren Joseph Joe Barker
Added by: Elizabeth Olmstead
Loren Joseph Joe Barker
Added by: Debbie Smith
Loren Joseph Joe Barker
Added by: Debbie Smith
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