Lance Richard Barker


Relationship to conference: Husband of retired elder, Rev. Susan Noble Blons, who died in 1993

Date of death: Aug. 9, 2022 at age 84

Arrangements: A service was held at Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, Arizona on Sept. 3.

Appointment information: Rev. Blons was ordained as a deacon in 1977 and as an elder in 1979. She served Minnesota churches in Rochester (Evangel UMC), Wyoming, and Golden Valley. She retired in 1992.

Mr. Barker was a professor at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities for three decades.

Mr. Barker is survived by his second wife, Gail Barker; her children, Mark Fitzsimmons (Jane Fontana) and Karen Chung (Dr. Mark Chung); stepson, Rev. Adam Blons (Megan Voorhees); and three grandchildren.

Memorials are preferred to Valley Presbyterian Church, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, or the Parkinson's Foundation.

An obituary was published on Aug. 21 in the Star Tribune.

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