Walter E. Baker, 84, of Sedalia, died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 in Warrensburg. He was born June 5, 1928, the only child of Boyd and Mildred (Fish) Baker. Walter and Donna Wenger were married on Oct. 29, 1950 in Hiawatha, Kan. Mrs. Baker survives of the home.
He grew up in Hiawatha. His childhood friend Keith Widman and he were like brothers for more than 70 years. He enlisted in the Army/Air Force and served three years as an airplane mechanic. He was stationed at Fort Walton/Eglin Air Force Base near Pensacola, Fla. He was an over the road truck driver for many years before retiring in 1990. After retiring, Donna and he were able to do some traveling and visit family and friends. He continued to work part time for a local farmer.
Baker was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He enjoyed his family and would take his children with him on his trips over the holidays. When they were not with him, he really enjoyed coming home to his family. He was very out going and never met a stranger. He was a Mason in Sedalia.
Baker enjoyed camping, fishing, roller skating and dancing. He was a mentor to many young men, teaching them as they worked side by side. He was like a big brother sharing his knowledge about all things mechanical.
In addition to his wife, Donna, Walter is survived by his children, Roger Baker and his wife, Vicki, Theresa Fuller and her husband, Terry and Bonnie Adcox; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Della Darling and Patricia and William Roberts and brother-in-law, Dave Bettge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Troy L. Fuller; his son-in-law, Jay Adcox and sister-in-law, Betty Bettge.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 3 at Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home in Sedalia, with Rev. Charles Brant officiating. Pallbearers were Tyson Fuller, Christopher Baker, Joseph Adcox, Jeremy Brant, Douglas Bahnmaier and Terry Fuller. Honorary pallbearers were Dave Bettge, William Roberts, Jerry Shannon, Otis Vilines and Rob Longan. Burial followed in Knob Noster Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.EwingSchutteSemlerFH.com.