Matt L. Barker

Matt L. Barker, 60, of Parsons passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Jan. 5, 2021, in the Labette Health emergency room at Parsons.

He was born on Jan. 13, 1960, at Chanute to Oren and Beulah (Ward) Barker. Matt grew up at Galesburg and attended Galesburg and Erie schools, graduating from Erie High School in 1978. He attended Fort Scott Community College, where he played football. He moved to Chanute, where he worked in the oilfields for several years. Matt then moved to Parsons, where he worked for the Coffeyville railroad, Olson’s Ace Hardware for many years and recently at Home Depot in Pittsburg.

Matt was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and spending time on the Neosho River. He also enjoyed golfing, playing softball, gardening, cookouts and fish fries with family and friends, playing cards and making memories with family and friends.

He and Staci Blansett met in 2001 and were married on July 13, 2012, at Miami, Oklahoma. She survives of the home.

In addition to his wife, Matt is survived by his mother, Beulah Barker of Neodesha; his brother, Mark Barker and his wife, Mona, of Iola; his sister, Janet Rehmert and her husband, Fred, of Thayer; his sister-in-law, Allison Blansett of Parsons; his aunt, Nelva Drummond of Chanute; and his nephews, Brian Rehmert and Justin Rehmert. He was preceded in death by his father.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons.

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