Rev. Chuck Asche
Organist ~ Sharon Orth
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“How Great Thou Art”
“On Eagle’s Wings”
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
Glen V. Baker, Jr. was born on May 7, 1929 to Glen and Albina (Novak) Baker, Sr in Scotland, South Dakota. He was baptized in the United Methodist Church in Scotland and remained an active member throughout his life. He graduated from Scotland High School. On August 28, 1948, he was united in marriage to Joy Ann Kurvink and they became the proud parents of four daughters: Kathryn (Ray) Magstadt of Elk Point, SD, Beverly (Karen Johnson) Baker of Sioux Falls, SD, Karen (Steve) Dreke of State Center, IA, and Kaye (Al Skogman) Schanbeck of State Center, IA.
Glen was employed as a manager with Cargil, Inc. for 38 years. He managed elevators in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Glen took early retirement in 1988 following heart surgery. In his retirement years, he worked as a crop adjuster. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church at O’Neill, NE and Scotland, SD and served on many boards. He also served as a volunteer firefighter and councilman in Scotland. They then moved back to Scotland so Dad could again get involved in his favorite past time – baseball.
Glen’s lifetime interest was in sports, in which he received many awards. He coached the American Jr. Legion and amateur baseball teams, making many trips to state tournaments and bringing home several championships. His greatest memory was when his legion team was presented the sportsmanship trophy. Glen was a charter member of the SD State Umpire Association and served as Vice President as well as was voted into the Umpire’s Hall of Fame. Glen was also voted into the SD Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. He served as President of the Scotland Athletic Association for several years. He was active in improving the Scotland ballpark, announcing many of the games, and was presented the Scotland Sport’s Day Honoree Award in 1998. In 2003, he received recognition for 53 consecutive years of attendance at the SD Amateur Baseball Association Annual meeting. His greatest honor was to have the Scotland ballpark named Glen Baker Field.
Glen passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland having attained the age of 90 years.
He is survived and remembered by his 4 daughters; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother Ken (Ann) Baker of Hurricane, Utah; and sister Delores Auch of Sioux Falls, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and an infant brother.
This obituary was written in loving memory by the family of Glen Baker, Jr.
7/7/2019 Linda Novak Wold Cass Lake, MN
Kathy and Family, Keeping you close in Sympathy and prayers in the passing of your Father.
7/3/2019 Justing & Gretchen Miller Sioux Falls, SD
Sending love and peace during this difficult time. We know how special he was to all of you. Much love.
7/3/2019 Mike Taplett Omaha, NE
Glen “Bake” welcomed Susan & I to Scotland with his huge smile and asked if there was anything he could do for us . . .
I have fond memories of our ten years in Scotland, as Bake was always supportive. He was a big advocate for youth; especially summer baseball. Glen is resting in peace and will not miss a game now.
Our deepest sympathy to his family.
Mike & Susan Taplett
7/2/2019 Scott Fiedler Scotland, SD
I spent many fun hours with Bake as his assistant groundskeeper, assistant equipment manager and general tag along to any baseball game he would take me to. Charlie Cvrk was the batboy and I guess I was his assistant also. Francis Maruska was his scorekeeper for many years and between the two of them I learned many lessons of life, some I couldn't repeat to my parents. I never got to play for Bake as he moved away about the time I was coming into Legion ball but summer baseball in Scotland was the best because of guys like Bake! I have nothing but fond memories.
7/2/2019 Jerry Clough Yankton, SD
When I think of Bake, I think of baseball and how many young lives including mine that he mentored and supported in the town of Scotland. Every time I drive by the ballpark I think of him.
7/1/2019 Nancy (Foss) Penk Hopkins, MN
I am sure that my dad and Glen had many good talks about baseball and their love of the game. Our condolences to the family.
7/1/2019 Vicki Galvan Yankton, SD
Bake is now with his Joy. He was such an inspiration to all and I will always remember the guidance he gave to my sons, Mike and Doug Weaver. On the field and at church. My condolence to his family.