Vincent ‘Vinny’ Ross Barker


(March 4, 1969 - Feb. 6, 2017)

Vincent Ross Barker, “Vinny” died unexpectedly at his home in Stevensville, Montana, on Feb. 6, 2017, at 47 years old. 

He was born on March 4, 1969, in Missoula, Montana, and raised in Stevensville.

Vince married Wendy Mayfield of Cody in 1999. He was very proud of Wendy and her accomplishments. He loved to brag about his wife (mostly when she was not around). Vince was always concerned about his family and friends more than himself. His children were always in his thoughts and he was very proud of them. He enjoyed spending time with them. 

He had a love for the outdoors, especially if it involved four-wheeling. Vince always put others first and was always lending a hand no matter what. He had friends on a lot of levels and each one of them loved him and found his friendship to be very special and priceless.

Considering his extreme talent as a craftsman, Vince was a humble man. It didn’t matter whether building a firearm, recycling junk lumber into a beautiful piece of furniture, welding a piece of equipment, machining anything he needed or restoring an old vehicle, he always seemed to have a way of downplaying his talent as though it was something anyone could do. Vince was not a vain man.

Vince worked at Bitterroot Tool and Machine in Stevensville; he was a very hard worker and accomplished machinist.

Vince is survived by his wife, Wendy Barker; his sons, Cameron (Meagan) Barker of Powell, Mitchell Mayfield of Laramie, and Kaleb Barker of Fort Campbell, Kentucky; his father, Donald (Laura) Barker of Meeteetse; his mother, Barbara (Steven) Ilg of Powell; his brothers, Michael Barker of Williston, North Dakota, and Bradford (Stephanie) Barker of Powell; his sisters, Amy (Craig) Guelff of Billings and Annie Barker of Meeteetse; two grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins; his lifelong best friend, Peter McKinley; his father and mother-in-law, Gary and Patricia Mayfield; his sisters-in-law, Crystal (Bryan) Frankenberry, Heather (Paul) Faxon and Stacey Logan; several in-law nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; grandmother, Donna Hall.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Feb. 10, at Jesus Community Church, 318 College Street in Stevensville. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at