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Harold Eugene Baker, 73, of Keosauqua, Iowa passed away on April 19, 2019 at his home. He was born on January 27, 1946 to George W. and Berniece Richmond Baker in Ames, Iowa. He graduated from Grand Valley High School and attended Iowa State University for technical training. Harold married Lois Dillenburg in Delphos, Iowa on August 1, 1971. Together Harold and Lois raised three children, Jamie, Tiffany and Greggory.
Harold grew up on a farm and only left the farm life to serve in the United States Air Force. After his honorable discharge, he worked for the Michigan-Wisconsin Pipeline and continued working on the pipeline until he retired in 2000. His retirement was brief as he picked up work as a licensed electrician, a substitute bus driver, a janitor and maintenance/handyman service. Harold was a member of the Keosauqua Lions Club and the Kellerton American Legion. He enjoyed car racing, motorcycles, and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; three children, Jamie (Dorian) Hootman of Douds, Iowa, Tiffany (Allen) Cloke of Eldon, Iowa, Greggory (Hannah) Baker of Fairfield, Iowa; four grandchildren, Adaline Cloke, Elianah Cloke, Eichen Cloke, Jade Baker; a sister, Jeanie Coppes; a brother, Henry (Merna) Baker of Mount Ayr, Iowa; two nieces, Chelsea LaVelle of Aurora, Colorado, Haley Baker of Mount Ayr, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Berniece Baker; a brother-in-law, Michael Coppes; and several brothers-in-law on his wife’s side of the family.
A visitation will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua, Iowa. A visitation will also be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa with Pastor Phil Campbell officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow the funeral service at Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton, Iowa. Memorial contribution’s in Harold’s honor may be made to the Maple Row Cemetery or Van Buren Community School District.
CORRECTION!!!! Gerald J. Payton "memory lapse" named sister-in-law as Donna (Doser) Payton which is actually Donna (Mercer) Payton. Her younger sister is married to Raymond Doser who entered the FIRST TRIBUTE above which was still on my mind while making the above tribute which is another "SENIOR MOMENT" that seem to be happening more frequently!!!!!.
Gerald J Payton Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM
A Medium Basket Garden was ordered on April 22, 2019
Expression of Sympathy Apr 22 2019 12:00 AM
To Harold's wife & children, N to Jeanie his sister. Sorry to hear of your loss. Remember this guy always as living over in that big house across f rom the c emetary in Kellerton. In fact, been along time since that house has been gone. Sorry Jeannie and that other brother too for your loss of a sibling. Linda Newton Smith
LINDA JOYCE NEWTON SMITH Apr 20 2019 12:00 AM
It was always rewarding to visit with Harold at the annual Kellerton-Grand Valley Alumni Banquet to relive the many years of our childhood as neighbors in Ringgold-Decatur counties. Our parents were good friends while his sister, Jenny, and I were part of group riding in the first KHS "school bus", Harry Shannor's Chevy car!!!!!!! Being a 1957 KHS graduate and "leaving home" for a professional career in several states, information about Harold was relayed via my Mother (deceased 2007) plus younger siblings: brother Glenn/wife Donna (Doser); sister Virginia/husband Lyle Main; and sister Margorie Payton-Hewlett/husband Don who all live within 15 miles of Kellerton. Although we live 700 miles away in Ohio, my wife, Sharon K. Bierlein (also a 1957 KHS graduate) and I plan to attend the May banquet plus Maple Row where many of our family reside. Harold was a "carbon copy" of his Dad in appearance and friendly personality. His passing leaves a "VOID" in many person's lives.
Gerald J Payton Apr 20 2019 12:00 AM
Shocked to hear about Harold's passing. He and I spent about 2 hours visiting and sharing memories of the Kellerton area on Tuesday night. We had both driven school busses to the WACO high school track meet. He drove the Van Buren (Keosauqua) bus and I had driven the Albia bus. We had run across each other at various school sporting events over the past few years, and I always appreciated the opportunity to visit with him. May each of you find God's comfort at this time of your loss. Raymond E. Doser / Grand Valley 1962.
Raymond Doser Apr 19 2019 12:00 AM