Warren G. Baker

Died: Sat., Apr. 26, 2014


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 29, 2014
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

10:30 AM Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Warren Baker, 82, of Oblong, IL. passed away Saturday April 26, 2014, at Ridgeview Care Center, 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 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 started 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 (Stephenson) 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.

A Celebration of Warren’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday April 30, 2014 at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL. with Pastor Alvin Neidigh officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday April 29, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that an expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to White Oak Church or the American Cancer Society (for leukemia) with envelopes at or may be made mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

Military rites at the cemetery will be conducted by Oblong American Legion Post #219 with Warren’s grandson Wade Baker playing taps.

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Mark Heinzen
   Posted Mon April 28, 2014
My sincerest consolences to the Baker family. I am a friend and co-worker of Glenda Baker, I'm sure Warren was very proud of Glenda and all his family members. Hopefully the "Celebration of Life" will bring comfort and fond memories to family and friends.

Bob and Jewel Black
   Posted Mon April 28, 2014
Janice our prayers are with you and all of the family. There are lots of good memories from over the years. May the Lord give you comfort and peace. God Bless

Deana, Sue, and John Dappert
   Posted Tue May 20, 2014
To the family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have quite memories of Warren and Janice of farming close to our farm.

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