Roy L. Barker, railroader

He had been chief clerk for the Chessie System

September 08, 2014|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Roy L. Barker, a retired Chessie System chief clerk and World War II veteran, died Sept. 2 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville of complications from a stroke. He was 91.

The son of Murvin Barker, a city police officer, and Marie Barker, a homemaker, Roy Lyman Barker was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly.

After graduating in 1941 from City College, he went to work as a clerk for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He then joined the Army and trained with the 88th Glider Infantry in Sturgis, S.D.

Mr. Barker then volunteered for parachute infantry school at Fort Benning, Ga. After completing jump school, he was assigned to the 515th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 13th Airborne Division.

After serving in Europe, he was discharged with the rank of private in 1946 and returned to the B&O.

After the merger of the B&O and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, he became chief clerk of the railroad's planning department. He retired in 1985 from what became the Chessie System.

The former Towson resident was a member of CHEERS, a railroad retirement group, and was a Mason and a more-than-50-year member of Concordia Lodge No. 13. He was a member of Waverly Presbyterian Church.

A resident of the Parkville retirement community since 2008, Mr. Barker enjoyed traveling and attending reunions of the 515th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He also was a firearms collector.

He walked 10 miles a day until he was in his early 80s, family members said.

His wife of 56 years, the former Byrina Rose Baugher, died in 2004.

Services for interment at Arlington National Cemetery are incomplete.

Mr. Barker is survived by a son, Mark S. Barker of Catonsville; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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