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Robert "Bob" Lee BakerCELEBRANT
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.
Dear Sally and Family, We extend our deepest sympathy to you at this very sad time. Bob was a kind caring man who was a friend to many folks in the community. May the love of family and friends help ease the pain of the loss of one so dear. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Marvin and Agnes Thum Apr 18 2016 1:06 PM
We pray you will feel God's Peace, Comfort and Love at this difficult time. May all the moments you shared and the memories you have created, bring a smile to your face and strength to your heart. Thinking of your family and praying for all of you, Our deepest sympathy, The Mattern Family
Butch and Shawn Mattern Family Apr 15 2016 9:36 PM
Donna we are so sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Marge
Marge Stoebner Apr 15 2016 8:42 PM
I was sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I enjoyed visiting with him at the Baker reunions. May God comfort and bless you as you celebrate his life. Bob Ritter
Bob Ritter Apr 15 2016 5:22 PM
The Baker family ARE the best neighbors. I have many fond memories of biking over to play and having iced tea. Bob & Sally were always the most friendly and Bob would give us rides on the 4-wheeler. He was always happy and laughing, even if we were chasing cattle that escaped. Sorry to hear about his passing.
Karen Davis Apr 15 2016 4:38 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss. I really enjoyed getting to know and working with Bob. He was a great guy. May memories comfort you at your time of loss.
Erin Odens Apr 14 2016 9:11 AM