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Billy “Bill” Bruce Barker

Billy “Bill” Bruce Barker, 65, of Galesburg, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 24, 2021 in Galesburg, IL with his loving family and friends at his side. Bill was born on December 15, 1955 to Darrell E. and Bonnie J. (Glaspie) Barker.

Bill worked for the State of Illinois since the age of 18 years old, beginning with Galesburg Mental Health Center. After the closing of the center, Bill furthered his career by moving to the Henry Hill Correctional Facility upon its opening and retiring in 2008.

Bill’s loves consisted of music, cars, crime and game shows, and of course sarcasm. He was a member of the Galesburg Masonic Lodge and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and Redskins fan.

No matter what struggles Bill faced in his daily life he always had a smile and his family was his first priority.

On November 21, 2019 he accepted Christ.

Bill is survived by one daughter, Michelle Schempp of Kirksville, MO; two grandchildren; one brother, Gary (Debby) Barker of Galesburg, IL; two sisters, Lei Loni (Kevin) Ermel of Metropolis, IL and Tina Glaspie of Peoria, IL. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Janice Kay Barker.

Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL and there will be no visitation. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a future date. Memorials can be made to the Fish Food Pantry, Safe Harbor, or Galesburg Fire Department. To make online condolences you may go to



  • Cheyenne

    Reply January 25, 2021 8:31 pm

    Rip Billy <3
    Love, Cheyenne and Atlantis

  • Ivy Benedict

    Reply February 2, 2021 2:37 pm

    I just saw this and I’m just speechless. Bill was a great work friend and taught me so much. He was a great worker. We called each other once or twice a year but it sure wasn’t enough. God bless you Bill. I will miss you greatly. I never said it but wish I did Love you Bill.

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