|Ray Herman Barker||Ruth Elizabeth Lloyd|
|Birth||1 January 1897
|17 May 1902
|Marriage||16 May 1925, Fairmount, Indiana|
|Death||19 February 1980
|29 January 1989
This grave I visit often. I was fortunate enough to have
known both of my father’s parents and was honored to have been
a pallbearer at each of their funerals. So finding this grave
not an adventure, it was more of a pilgrimage.
My grandmother clearly remembers the first time she saw
my grandfather. She was sitting at a second floor window and
saw him approaching the building. She was instantly drawn to
him, she described feeling like she was being pulled out the
window down to him. Love at first sight. They had four sons
and more than fifty years together.
Fairmount Cemetery has another celebrity buried nearby my
grandparents. If you’ve ever visited James Dean’s grave,
then you’ve only been a couple of dozen meters away from
Ray & Ruth Barker.