Virginia L. Barker, 89, of Fort Madison, formerly of Camdenton, passed away at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Fort Madison Community Hospital. She was born on January 28, 1928 in Des Moines, IA to Wayne and Louise Shover Johnston.
She married George F. Wheeler in 1948 in Des Moines, IA. He preceded her in death on December 10, 1973. She then married John Wayne Barker on August 22, 1981 in Des Moines, IA.
She retired from Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as a forecast engineer. She was very active in the Camdenton United Methodist Church in Camdenton, was a member of the Brush & Pallet Club and Red Hats. She was a lifetime volunteer at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.
 Virginia is survived by her husband, John W. Barker of Fort Madison, IA; daughter-in-law Linda Wheeler of Fort Madison, IA; sons Jerry Wheeler of St. Joseph, MO; Randall (Kris) Wheeler of Omaha, NE; Charles Barker of Le Mars, IA; and Thomas (Julie) Wheeler of Talladega, AL; daughters Janna (Randy) Bittle of St. Clair, MO; and Amy (Kurt) Wallace of Indianapolis, IN; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother Jerome (Pat) Johnston of Camdenton; two nieces and one nephew; and many friends. She was preceded in death by: her parents, first husband and 1-son: George Wheeler.
Per her wishes, cremation has been entrusted to King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory in Fort Madison, IA. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22 at Camdenton United Methodist Church in Camdenton. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines, IA.
A memorial has been established for the Camdenton United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association. Memorials may be sent to John Barker at 4937 River Valley Road, Fort Madison, IA 52627. Online condolences to Virginia’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: