82, of Oblong, Illinois.
VISITATION: 4 ~ 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong, Illinois.
CELEBRATION OF WARREN’S LIFE: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, Illinois. Pastor Alvin Neidigh officiating with burial in the White Oak Cemetery, rural Oblong.
EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY: In lieu of flowers, the family request an expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to White Oak Cemetery or the American Cancer Society (for leukemia) with envelopes at or may be mailed to: Pulliam Funeral Home, P. O. Box 121, Oblong, IL 62449.
Warren Baker, 82, of Oblong, Illinois passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Ridgeview Care Center in Oblong, Il. of leukemia.
Warren was born on the Baker family farm, north of Oblong, on May 9, 1931, the son of R. I,. “Isam” Baker and Pearl (Wiman) baker. After graduating from Oblong High School in 1949, Warren entered the U. S. army in 1952 and served as a corporal in Korea with the 64th Field Hospital for 14 months during the Korean Conflict. He received the Korean Service, United Nations Service and National Defense Service medals. He married his partner in life and love, Janice Camp, on February 17, 1956. He and Janice bought his grandfather’s farm, less than a mile from where he was born and began their life of farming together, retiring in 1996. Warren served on the Yale School Board from 1961 ~ 1969 and on the North Fork Conservancy District from its beginning in 1969 until 1996, serving as President and Secretary at various times. Warren became a member of the White Oak Church in Crawford County in 1966 and was an active member for 48 years serving often as trustee.
Warren was always an active man. While farming, he and Janice had horses first, then later motorcycles as members of the Tri-County Motorcycle Club and he enjoyed riding his four-wheeler. After retiring, they stared country dancing and Warren’s family was both amazed and thrilled at how much he loved to dance. Warren and Janice were also blessed to take trips across the United States with family and friends not only from the Redwood Forests to the Gulf Stream Waters, but also Los Angeles to Boston and many points in between.
Warren is survived by his wife, Janice of Oblong; a daughter Glenda Baker of Gurnee, IL.; a son Wes and Sandy (Stephens) Baker of Jasper, IN.; a grandson Wade Baker of Jasper, IN.; a sister-in-law, Neva Baker of Effingham, IL; a sister, Lela Smith of rural Oblong, Il; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Joyce Baker of Tuscola, Il and Earl and Leah Baker of rural Oblong, IL.; also surviving are aunts Phoebe Ping of Effingham, IL and Evelyn Baker Purcell of Oblong, Il as well as many cousins and friends.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and her husband, Mary and Mac Miller; a brother Paul Baker and a brother-in-law, Floyd Smith.
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