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Elmer Baker

Elmer Eugene Baker was born October 20, 1941 in Mount Ayr on the family farm to Doyle and Laura (Barchus) Baker. He attended Mount Ayr Schools.

On December 24, 1958 Elmer married Lois Janette Hays and to this union two daughters were born, Debra Lynette and Dixie Lea. They later divorced.

On June 15, 1974 Elmer was united in marriage to Mary Jo (Brown) Herring and three children, Rhonda Sue, Lee Alan, and Gary Lynn.

Elmer farmed and worked with his Dad in the Baker Well Drilling and Surge Milking Equipment business. He later owned and operated Baker Burners, a business where he made wood burning stoves and also other welding and manufacturing projects.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr and Ringgold County Sheriff's Posse.

Elmer and Mary Jo retired to Mountain Home, Arkansas in 1998. Elmer did woodworking and framing. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and going to the Iowa State Fair. He loved country western music and played the steel guitar.

Elmer passed away in Mountain Home, Arkansas on December 28, 2015. He was preceded in death were his parents; brother Dick Baker; brothers-in-law, Duane Triggs and Bill Webb.

Left to cherish Elmer's memory are his wife of 41 years, Mary Jo; three daughters, Deb (David) Repp of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Dixie Baker of Mount Ayr and Dr. Rhonda (Mick) Lovell of Des Moines; two sons, Alan (partner Gary) Baker of Chicago, Illinois and Gary (Cassie) Baker of Portland, Oregon; eleven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Norma Webb, Iona Triggs and Joyce (Jim) Ward; one sister-in-law, Ann Baker; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Special thanks to the caretakers in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Memorials to the Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House at Baxter Regional Medical Center, 701 Burnett Dr Mountain Home, AR 72653.

  • Visitation

    January 08, 2016
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Memorial Service

    January 09, 2016
    11:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Private Burial

    Benton Cemetery

    Benton, IA

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I''m so sorry to hear about your dad''s passing......You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Vonda (Simpson) Earnhart - Grinnell, IA - Friend   March 01, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We will miss our friend and special person in our son and daughter in laws life. our prayers will be with the family always

Posted by theresa and oscar lovell - west Des Moines, IA - Rhonda Lovells in laws   January 09, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Rhonda & Mick - so sorry for your loss! May God comfort your family at this time.

Posted by Janet Parker Lyon - Classmate to Rhonda and friend   January 05, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I was so sad to hear of Elmer''s passing ..... Just wanted to tell all of his family that you all are in my prayers during this sad time and also give my condolences to all

Posted by Marla K. (Woollums) Cook - Urbandale, IA - classmate of Alan and friend   January 04, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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