VANCOUVER - Ocean Park resident William R. "Bill" Barger, 69, died July 2, 2006, in Vancouver. He was born June 11, 1937, to William and Florence Campbell Barger in Anaconda, Mont.
Joining the U.S. Navy in 1955 led to a 23-year career as a chief warrant officer/storekeeper, and food service officer on board various ships and at duty stations all over the world.
Upon his Navy retirement in 1978, he went to work in the real estate business, and eventually owned and brokered three Red Carpet Real Estate offices in the San Diego area.
Being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at age 47 sent Mr. Barger's life went in yet another direction. A forced early retirement from real estate left him time to become an advocate and facilitator in several different Parkinson support groups during the course of his illness.
At the time of his death, he was a member of the Ocean Park Lutheran Church, the Do Nothing Club, Peninsula Parkinson's Support Group, and he had previously practiced his love of public speaking in the Toastmaster's Club.
He is survived by his wife Carole of Ocean Park; sons Bill Barger (Pam) and Jeff (Mary Jane) of San Diego; daughter Teri Steele (Rick) of San Diego; stepdaughter Darla Ruff of Lyle; as well as by seven grandchildren. A brother, Warren Barger (Joyce) of Havre, Mont., and a sister Sandra Long (Frank) of Woodburn, Ore., as well as several nieces and nephews also survive him.
Disposition of ashes will be in Rosencrantz War Memorial in San Diego, Calif.
A local memorial service for friends and family will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, July 7 at Ocean Park Lutheran Church with Pastor Linda Smith officiating.
During the 22 years of his illness, Mr. Barger never gave up hope that a cure for Parkinson's might be found. Memorial contributions may be sent to Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, 2145 N.W. Overton Ave., Portland, OR 97210-5158.