Charles R. "Charlie" Barker

Former Stow Councilman

Charles R. "Charlie" Barker, 83, died Dec. 30, 2012.

Born in Cuyahoga Falls, he was a lifetime area resident, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and member of the American Legion. He retired from Ohio Edison in 1987 after 37 years service, was founder and owner of Stow Electric for more than 20 years and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Mr. Barker had served the city of Stow as a councilman from 1968 until 1976 and as a past-president of the Stow Historical Society. One of the greatest joys of his life was the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanne E. (nee Caracciolo); son, Mike (Viola) Barker; daughter, Lynn (Bob) Sipe; grandchildren, Judy (Greg) Landis, Jason (Meg) Bugg and Allison (Todd) Wheaton; great-grandchildren, Chase and Mason Niskanen; and sisters, Shirlie Ewing and Carol (Tim) Miller.

Visitation was conducted at the Redmon Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church in Stow. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.