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John Lawrence Baker

29 October, 193913 February, 2021

John Baker, 81, passed away on February 13, 2021. He was a passionate teacher, school administrator, coach, and investment advisor. He was also an avid sports enthusiast, foodie, collector, bookworm, numismatist, bird-lover, and historian with a passion for American history. He had a deep understanding of the United States Constitution and used this knowledge to fuel his sense of compassion for other people.

John read many books simultaneously with a vengeance including every president's biography and the classics. A stack of books was always next to “his chair.” He devoted his life to helping his children and grandchildren with sports and spent thousands of hours rebounding basketballs, going to games, and watching sports. He also followed politics and current events through the lens of a historian. John’s perfect day would be going to the gym, reading numerous newspapers, taking a grandchild to a sporting goods store then reading them a book, going to an auction to find coins or comic books, stopping at Popcorn Charlie to eat a Chicago style hotdog, followed by a bike ride. If you crossed his path, he was sure to offer you a piece of candy, a treat for your dog, and a corny joke (he was a punny guy). The day would end with a game of chess or checkers and popcorn. He leaves behind Judy, his wife of 51 years, and children Mary Beth Alexander (David), K.J. (Traeci) Baker, Sara Baker (Tony Brus), and Laura Resch (Michael). John's grandchildren include Evan, Emma, Brett, Greta, Liv, William, Rowan, Oaken, and great-grandchild Louis. He was his children’s rock and sounding board and often offered one of his many motivational quotes.

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” -Mark Twain

A celebration of life is tentatively set for July 1, 2021 from 4-8pm in Davenport, Iowa.

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Deb Sabin Killoren

24 February 2021

Mr. and Mrs. Baker lived across the street from me when they were in Manchester. I got to babysit Mary Beth while he was teaching driver's ed and Mrs. Baker taught summer school. Mr. Baker supported me when a high school teacher was a bully to a classmate, then to me, for standing up to him. He always made time to listen. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

Steve Burke

23 February 2021

Coach, We had many conversations on the sidelines, couple in your office. You were a fair man that listened. Won’t forget any of it. Thanks for the memories. Steve Burke, WD, ‘78.

Doug Hawker

23 February 2021

I was a high school student at West Delaware back in the mid 1970’s. Mr. Baker was the vice principal at the time. He was a great guy and a good friend to me. I graduated mid way through my senior year and immediately went to college at UNI.

Mr. Baker called me into his office my last day of high school to wish me well and to give me some great advice to help me navigate college as a 17 year old. I still remember our conversation from that day.

I am sorry to hear that he has passed away. My condolences to his family.



Bill Funke

23 February 2021

Thank You Coach John Baker for being a great coach who taught us the game of football but also how to think the game and read plays and anticipate. Then you opened your house to the Senior class to show your appreciation. Your office was always open to everyone that needed to talk and you were our friend. You taught us sportsmanship as you had two players given awards after being nominated by the officials.
The day I remember most was when you and Coach Rick Louk had to inform me of a car/ train accident that luckily my parents survived. Your support was treasured that day and throughout my high school years.
Hopefully I made you smile on a fumble recovery for a 70 yard touchdown.
May God bless you Coach Baker.

Timothy Rudd

22 February 2021

From Spring of 1973 until my Senior year Spring of1976 I had the privilege of being Coached byCoach Baker In Varsity Track andVarsity Football . Coach John
was one. of the Major reasons after the Marine Corp that I myself have Coached middle School Football for 25 years and this test will be my 27th year as a
Track Coach. Thank You Baker they don’t make them like you anymore. God Bless. Tim Rudd

Jim Alderson

22 February 2021

Coach Baker was a super motivator, organized, and inspirational coach. Interesting history teacher and overall great man. He will be missed.
Jim Alderson

Steve Sieck

21 February 2021

I wrote a song about Coach Baker and the Fayette High School Cardinal football team. He was a great inspiration to me and others. He also taught me in Drivers Education that year. Thanks Coach Baker. Please listen to the 2nd verse of my song.https://youtu.be/KlFoib3YE7U

Tom Petsche

21 February 2021

John was my high school History/Government teacher and Football coach. But he was far more than that. He was a great mentor and motivator. He had a great sense of humor and made learning fun and enjoyable. John touched many lives the two years he was in Fayette and more importantly made a lifetime impact on our lives. I have thought of him often over the years as he was was one of the most influential people in my life. He was a great human being who will be miss by anyone who had the privilege of getting to know him. Prayers to Judy, who is a wonderful woman herself, and his family as he loved all of them so much.

Margaret Halverson

20 February 2021

Dearest Judy,
My deepest sympathies to you and all of your family. Hold all of those beautiful memories, they will help to heal your loss.
Love, Margaret

Audrey Hogenkamp

18 February 2021

John and Judy were a huge part of making my college experience more memorable. It was always such a treat to be able to go over the river to the Bakers house where I knew that I would be able to do laundry, be around family, and relax. John would always make a special effort to bring me candied almonds, and it always meant a lot. It was always great to see him in the stands of track meets and he will be both missed and remembered.

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