Sharon K. (Knudsen) Barger

Born: Wed., Nov. 24, 1943
Died: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 10, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Aug. 10, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

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Sharon K. Barger, 74, Kokomo, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018, at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, MI.  She was born November 24, 1943, in Cadillac, MI.  She was the daughter of the late Chester & Dorothy (Danhoff) Knudsen.  On June 1, 1963, she married John E. Barger in Kokomo, and he survives. 

Sharon was a 1962 graduate of Kokomo High School.  She was a homemaker who enjoyed camping, surfing the internet, traveling, and visiting with family and friends at the lake. 

Along with her husband, John, Sharon is survived by her daughter, Christine Barger Rowe, and husband Brad; grandchildren, Jonathon Barger, Deanna Barger, Patrick Walker, Christy Barker, Brittany Cournoyer, and Haley Cournoyer, along with several great-grandchildren; and sister, Linda Culver.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; and son, John Robert Barger.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, August 10, 2018, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with Pastor Ken Cline officiating. Burial will follow in New London Cemetery.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 12-2 pm Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Sharon’s memory to the Kokomo Humane Society.  Messages of condolence may be left online at

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Jeanne Turner
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
We were so shocked to hear of Shirley's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. There are no words to express how we know you are feeling but know that both Harry and I have both lost spouses and we understand completely what you are going through. Be patent and kind to yourself and lean on your children for comfort. There is truly no loss that can equal the loss of a spouse. We hope to see you at KAFTD.
Love, Harry and Jeanne

Doug and Kelli Ryskamp
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
Sharon has been a long time seasonal camper at Kamp Across from the Dunes. Her along with her husband John have welcomed many campers to the campground and made them feel at home. Her passing will leave a void forever in the hearts of her camping family. No words can adequately express our sorrow. Love, Doug and kelli Ryskamp

Maxine Slager
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
Sharon and John have been friends since the first day we pulled into the park with our MH. We have spent many hours and many meals together. She was a dear friend that I saw nearly every day all summer. Life will not be the same here without her. My prayers and love for her family.

Donna Cochran
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
We are heartbroken to hear the loss of dear Sharon and our heart goes out to John and family! We met Sharon and John years back at Kamp Across the Dunes and we just saw Sharon while coming in from Tucson couple weeks ago and so grateful for that time we had. There are no words to express how sorry we are as she meant alot to us and prayers going for John and family. Heaven has gained an angel and now looking over us . She will be greatly missed.

In Sympathy,

Chuck and Donna Cochran

G. Foley
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
Sharon, you will be missed -- always a smile, a story, a laugh. I was shocked you left so quickly. You will be remembered. John, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you. -- Georgiann and Norm

Cheryl Swoverland
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
Praying for you all. My heart knows.

Sharon Spangler
   Posted Thu August 09, 2018
John, Christine and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. Such a wonderful soul that always had a smile on her face and made us all feel so welcome. We will never forget, John, your and Sharon's extreme kindness on our first day and always. You helped us get set up and made us feel like family. We hope time will heal your pain during this most difficult time. Please let us know if we can do anything for you. We are always here. Love, Sharon, Tom, Michael and Matt Spangler (site 19).

Mark & Maria Emma Smith
   Posted Thu August 09, 2018
John and Chris, you lost a spouse and a mother. We lost a friend. Sharon was the first one who came to our campground site to say hello years ago when we first got there. Then came a good friendship, days at the pool, campfires, out to dinner. Fun times that will be remembered. So sorry we won't be there with you but we will be there in spirit.