Fr. Randy Phillips
Organist ~ Georgianne Pravecek
“Here I Am, Lord”
“The Servant Song”
“America the Beautiful”
Aaron Girodat, Derek Girodat, Ben Girodat,
Nic Baker, Jordan Mattern,
Steve Pechous, & Clint Starwalt
Robert “Bob” Lee Baker was born on September 12, 1938 to George and Hilda (Dawson) Baker on the family homestead in rural Scotland, South Dakota. He attended Nelles Country Grade School and Scotland High School. Bob worked at Cargill for several years as well as farmed with his family. He loved baseball and was the catcher for the Scotland team for several years.
Bob entered in the U.S. Army in 1961. While stationed in the United States, he played on the Ft. Sill and Ft. Riley baseball teams. He served six months in Germany. He also served at the newly constructed Berlin Wall. In 1963, he was honorably discharged and returned home.
On January 26, 1963, Bob was united in marriage to Sally Heffernan at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rock Valley, Iowa. Together, they made their home on the Baker homestead. As a third-generation Baker, Bob was proud of the family’s century farm and heritage. Throughout his life, he was dedicated to raising quality Angus cattle. Later in life, he collected treasured antique Oliver tractors.
Bob was an active member of St. George Catholic Church in Scotland. Through the years, he served in various positions including church council member and usher. He was a member of the Paul Grosshuesch VFW Post #2966 in Scotland.
Bob was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. It was a priority for Bob to be a good neighbor.
Bob passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in his home at the age of 77 years.
He is survived and remembered by his wife of 53 years, Sally Baker of rural Scotland; children: Carol (Dave) Girodat of Hannah, ND, Barbara Goldammer of Sioux Falls, Bruce Baker of Scotland, and Dave (Janine) Baker of Scotland; nine grandchildren; and his sister Donna (John) Rothschadl.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Donald Baker, and son-in-law Kevin Goldammer.