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Paul G. Barker, 70, a World War II Navy veteran and retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker, died Monday (Oct. 14, 1996) in Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Lackawanna, after a long illness.

Baker, a Lackawanna resident, was active in veterans organizations as well as Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus.

A native of Lackawanna, he attended St. Martin's School and Burgard Vocational High School.

Barker enlisted in the Navy when he was 17 and served in the Pacific Theater. While serving aboard the USS Glenn, he helped rescue survivors from the USS Indianapolis, which was sunk by the Japanese, killing 881 of its crew. He also served in the Navy during the Korean War.

After his military service, Barker worked as a rigger and welder at Bethlehem Steel until his retirement in 1980.

He was past commander of Post 63, American Legion, in Lackawanna and a member of Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, and the American Legion Past Commanders Club.

An avid golfer and bowler, Barker won three gold medals for bowling in the Seniors Empire State Games in 1988 and 1989.

Survivors include his wife, the former Catherine Corbo of Lackawanna; a daughter, Janet Freedman of Grand Island; a son, Paul J. of Lackawanna; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna. Prayers will be said at 9 in Cusack, Mescall & Haggerty Funeral Home, 1377 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.[clln]

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