Duane "Bake" Baker

Born: Sun., Dec. 19, 1926
Died: Tue., Feb. 19, 2013


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 22, 2013
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Fri., Feb. 22, 2013
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Duane “Bake” Baker, 86, rural Oblong, Illinois passed away at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Ridgeview Care Center, Oblong, Illinois.

Born in Grandville Twp. Jasper County, Illinois on December 19, 1926, he was the son of Grover Cleveland “Cleve” Baker and Mable Irene (Tumelson) Baker. He was a graduate of Oblong High School ~ Class of 1944. He was a lifelong grain and livestock farmer in Crawford and Jasper Counties. He was affiliated with the Central United Methodist Church, Oblong, Illinois. Duane was a member of the Robinson Elk’s Lodge #1188; member and former Director of the Crawford County Farm Bureau; served on the Oblong Grade School Board for several years; he was one of the first people to do the tractor pulling at the Crawford County Fair.

On April 1, 1950, Duane married Mary Imogene “Jeanie” Walling, who survives. They were married for 62 years Also surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jerry & Cindy Baker, Oblong, Illinois and Randy Baker, Newton, Illinois; a nephew, Dale Fielder, Oblong, Illinois and a niece, Darlene Ferguson, Cleveland, Tennessee.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mildred Fielder and Christine Dorrough.

The funeral will be 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2013, at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, Illinois with Jack Kilburn officiating. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Washington Street Cemetery, Casey, Illinois. Visitation is 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Oblong High School FFA or Oblong Music Boosters with envelopes at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home, P.O. Box 121, Oblong, Illinois 62449.

Condolences to the family may be sent to: funeralhome@oblongfuneralhome.com

Charitable donations may be made in Duane's memory to the following organizations:

Oblong High School FFA
Oblong, Illinois

Oblong Music Boosters
Oblong, Illinois

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Mark Varner
   Posted Fri February 22, 2013
Jeanie, Randy and Jerry:

I am so sorry to hear of Bake's passing. Wanted you to that that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I would surely be to visitation but am still in Florida for the winter.

My parents both honored your friendship and I always enjoyed hearing of your trips together and the fun you all had through the years.

God Bless you all.

Mark Varner

Janis & Don Franks
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
Lynda Koertge wrote us about Duane--so sorry. We always loved your visits when I was little--& loved seeing you guys in later years too. We always laughed & enjoyed remembering our loved ones & times we shared. Please know we are thinking of you all & know your sweet memories will be cherished by us as well as you. Love you-

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