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Chet and Viola Barker

Chet and Viola Barker were married in 1947, and lived in the Des Moines area until 1957, when they moved to Madrid. Chet graduated from Iowa State University, and has worked for over 40 years at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., in Johnston, where he works in the Research Department.

Viola worked for a number of years in food service at the Madrid Schools and is now staying home, enjoying their grandchildren.

The Barkers have four children: Mike, Steve, Becky and Bob. Mike graduated from Iowa State University, and also received his Masters Degree in Sociology. He is presently a Cottage Director at the Eldora Training School. He married Pat Ray of Slater, and they have two children: Joshua, age four and Andrew, age two.

Steve graduated from Iowa State University, and is employed at the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, in the quality control department. He married Sue Shearer, also from Madrid, and also an Iowa State graduate. She is employed at International Travel Association, in the accounting department. They have one daughter, Alicia, age three, and the family lives in Madrid.

Becky is also an Iowa State alumnus. She married Tony Hampton of Madrid. He is employed by the Midwest Automatic Fire Sprinkler Company. They have two children: Jonathon, age three, and Holly, five months. They live in Boone.

Bob attended Area XI School in Ankeny, and is now employed at the Woodward State Hospital School. He is married to Jane Wade, from Woodward, who is employed in food service at Woodward School. They have one daughter, Donna, age five, and they live in Woodward.

The Barkers belong to St. John's Lutheran Church. Chet has been an active member of the Lions Club for many years, and is presently serving as president of the Golden Terrace Senior Housing.

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