OBITUARY

James "Mickey" Baker Sr.

March 20, 1944April 19, 2021
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James "Mickey" Baker Sr., age 77, of Gary, IN passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021. James was born March 20, 1944 to the late William and Irene (Clark) Baker in Sandgap, KY.

Mickey is survived by his six children: Phillip Gilliam, Debbie (Tom) Keilman, Byron Gilliam, Joann (Jim) Koonce, Jimmy (Kathy) Baker, Felicia (Steven) Baker; 24 Grandchildren; 44 Great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild with two more great-great grandchildren on the way; four siblings, Reba, Susie, Teresa, Helen, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

He is reunited with his wife of 47 years, Yvonne Baker; parents, William Baker, Irene (Clark) Roberts and Raymond "Smiley" Roberts; siblings, Roland and Sarah Jean.

Mickey will always be remembered as a remarkable individual who enjoyed helping others at any given moment. He loved working with his hands as a general contractor and was very active member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Hammond, IN. Mickey embodied what it meant to be family oriented. He lived to spend time and make memories with his very large family. He was affectionately known as "Paw Paw" to so many who were fortunate to know him.

A public visitation for James will be held Friday, April 23, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave., Crown Point, IN 46307. A funeral service will occur Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 9:00 AM, with Pastor Fergusson officiating. A burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in Mickey's name to St. Jude Children's Hospital - www.st.jude.org/ - 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

***In order to safeguard one another and the community, please practice wearing a mask or facial covering during your attendance at the funeral home and cemetery.***

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ChapelLawnFunerals.com for the Baker family.

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

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James "Mickey" Baker Sr.

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Nancy Jurick

April 25, 2021

Mickey was a generous man. I will always remember the kindness that he showed our family when my brother John passed. He delivered the eulogy and you could just see his passion for the lord. Prayers to his family during this difficult time. Cherish all your wonderful memories.

Ann Crabtree

April 22, 2021

Sorry to hear about Mickey's passing. Mickey was a GREAT person. He was in Chicago when I lived there. He married a wonderful lady Yvonne Gilliam who I knew and was a good friend in Chicago. May God be with the family at this time of sorrow. Praying for all of you for a loss is something terrible to go thru. God Bless all of you. Ann Deditch Crabtree

Denise Bright

April 21, 2021

Micky,was a very nice man. He would help you no matter who you were. He will be greatly missed.
Denise (Busby) Bright.

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