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Keosauqua man, 25, dies in farm mishap: 1986


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Date: 10/4/2022 at 09:33:27

20 Feb 1986
Fairfield Ledger

Keosauqua man, 25, dies in farm mishap

KEOSAUQUA - Ryne Allen Barker, 25, of Keosauqua, was killed in a farm accident at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. ( 19 Feb 86)

Barker was unloading corn on the Clyde McElhinney farm six miles north of Keosauqua when he apparently fell from the top of a raised truck box, according to the Van Buren County sheriff's office.

The cause of death was not immediately determined and an autopsy was to be performed late this morning at the state medical examiner's office in Des Moines.

Barker was found by Terry Hervey of Keosauqua, who was working with him on the McElhinney farm. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital.

Services for Ryne A. Barker will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Keosauqua United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Fellows Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua. Memorials may be left there.

Barker was born Jan. 1, 1961 in Maquoketa, the son of Norman and Bernadine Livesay Barker. He graduated from Van Buren Community High School and Iowa State University, where he was a member of the ISU judging team. He had been listed in "Who's Who in American High Schools" and was active in 4-H. Barker was a farmer and feeder pig buyer.

Surviving are his mother and father, both of Keosauqua; two brothers, Robert, a student at ISU, Ames, Randy of Keosauqua; his fiancee, Stephanie Miller McAtee of Keosauqua; grandmothers, Corda Livesay of Keosauqua, Ruth Jones of Birmingham; a stepgrandfather, John Jones of Birmingham, and a stepgrandmother, Ruth Barker of Keosauqua. Two grandfathers preceded him in death.

Source: "Scrapbook 1986 - 1988", Pg. 284,
Keosauqua Public Library, Keosauqua, Van Buren Co., IA


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