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Oehler Funeral Home

2099 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL

OBITUARY

Arthur A. Baker

August 28, 1935July 26, 2020
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Arthur A. Baker, 84, of Elgin, Illinois, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2020, at the Texas home of his son, Robert A. Baker. A loving father and grandfather, he is survived by his children, Beth (the late Ben) Staton, Karen Lynne Baker, and Robert A. (Cindy) Baker; grandchildren Dana L. (Chris) Weiche, Teri L. (Will) DeBlase, Elyse F. (Matt) Fulton, David B. Staton, Jeff A. (fiancée Annie) Staton and Patrick R. (Jeanette) Baker; great grandchildren Corinne and Collin Weiche, Adalynn and Zachary DeBlase, and Gracie and Berkley Fulton. Arthur is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, August 3, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St., Des Plaines. Funeral service will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Hospice Foundation of America. Due to Covid-19 all family and guest are required to wear a mask.

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Robert Kujawa

August 6, 2020

Beth, Karen & Bob, I have so many memories from Hanover Park to Des Plaines, it's difficult to comprehend just how much time has passed since then. Our parents were best of friends up until their final days. My mom, Joan and your mom Nancy remained best of friends. I will never forget the leadership Art demonstrated while we were in Weblos and Scouts. One memory stands out, getting my Swimming Badge in your backyard pool. Another one was Bob and I playing with the wooden trains and matchbox cars of course. God bless you all and many condolences from all of the Kujawas on the loss of a great patriarch.

Ken, Peggy and Family Gomoll

August 4, 2020

Beth, Karen, Bobby,
Our thoughts have been with you all these past days. Our deepest sympathy to each of you and your families. Peace be with you all.

Beth Staton

August 3, 2020

The best thing about my family life with my dad were our summer vacations. In 1965, my parents decided to visit a priest friend who lived in Winnipeg, Canada. We rode a new Burlington passenger train. This was a beautiful way to travel and take in the scenery of our northern neighboring country.
In 1967, my parents chose to visit my dad's parents who had retired in Savannah, GA, This was a road trip and our first stop was Mammoth Cave, KY and spent the night in a log cabin. We arrived in Savannah, and I learned how much American history this city held. This was part of the reason my dad loved reading about the Civil War era. I loved the scent of the flora, the moss on the cypress trees, lazy horses grazing in massive fenced-in yards. The best memory was the player piano in my grandparents' parlour and the wrap-around front porch. We sat many nights in the warm summer breeze drinking lemonade and chatting with each other.
In 1969, the trip was very memorable as it was our first time on an airplane. We flew from Chicago to Los Angeles on a jet, maybe a 737. We were in awe as we looked out the window and saw the clouds below us rather than above us. When the clouds cleared, we saw this multi-colored formation of nature called the Grand Canyon, We took so many pictures out of that window the entire 4 hour flight. We arrived in CA and stayed at my Uncle Ollie and Aunt Marge's house. They had so much planned for us I couldn't wait to get started.
In 1972, it was time for a mountain road trip to Colorado. We took the southern route passing the Arch in St. Louis, onward to visit my 5 cousins in KS, over Pikes Peak, through the Badlands of South Dakota and finally up to Mt. Rushmore. This was my last trip with them as I entered the workforce, But they continued without me.
Their next trip was to Niagara Falls with my Uncle Duke and Aunt Marian's family. My parents continued vacationing with friends and family until my mom passed away 6 years ago.

John Gomoll

August 1, 2020

Wonderful tribute movie!
Art was the first adult I thought was hip and cool. It was the late 60's, and I was about 12 or 13 years old. Art wore his belt to the side, and his wrist watch upside down. He liked the top music hits of the day.
Nancy worked with my mom at Gromer's, and our families became close. The Baker kids and the Gomoll kids grew up together.
A young man needs many good mentors. Art was one of mine.
Rest in peace Art, as you watch over your family from above.
John Gomoll

Linda Azarela

July 28, 2020

My dear beloved friend Danny ( Art) at least that's what he preferred to be called. You see. Art and I did a fantastic song & dance on stage at Del Webb to GREASE, the number was called: 'YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT'. Art portrayed Danny Zuko played by John Travolta and I portrayed Sandy played by Olivia N. John, The folks in the audience just loved it!!! Art or should I say Danny, told me he was the ripe young age of 90, and I was 62. He did such a great job on stage, and he moved better than some 50 year old folks' we knew. Every time people would see us after that performance, they would say hey..... you two are Danny & Sandy from Grease. We had a great laugh over that. This past March of 2020 we were both hoping to perform at the senior center in Dundee, but due to COVID 19, and having to be quarantined, we had to opt out because everything was canceled. Big bummer since we were both looking forward to performing it again for about 200 people. Art was also on our Del Webb bowling league and when he'd walk in he would yell out... "Hey Sandy how ya doin"? I'd run up to him and give him a kiss & a big hug. He was a very interesting young man who would try just about anything, nothing scared him. I remember when we went boating on our boat on the fox river two years ago, we just sat there and sang our song 'You're the one that i want'. We had a great time. We went miniature golfing on one occasion with two small children, and he beat all of us. We would go out for ice cream several times, so in return I would bake him quite a few meals and would drop the dinners off before I'd go out to teach. He loved my home cooked dinners. He really was a very special wonderful friend. I will miss him terribly. RIP my dear Arthur (Danny Zuko). Love, Sandy ( Linda) My condolences to Arts' family and his girlfriend from Del Webb, whom he adored

Josephine Koerber

July 28, 2020

I see you in front room while Nancy and me in the kitchen making lunch and talking over coffee. I see you dancing. I see you smiling. I see your wicked gleam in your eye as you tease us with your sense of humor. I see you picking veggies from the garden looking so happy. R.I P my friend. Hello to Nancy from us.

Cathy Stiltner

July 28, 2020

It's a tough one for sure. All the memories though are priceless. I pray they are laughing together with Uncle Ollie and Aunt Elaine and telling the same bad jokes.

Nicki Pappas

July 28, 2020

So sorry for the family's loss. It is never easy to loose someone you love.

Laura Pacione

July 28, 2020

Uncle Arthur was always smiling. Such a great guy! When he and my dad got together, you couldn’t help but laugh at their silliness. He will be missed!

Carrie Rock

July 28, 2020

I will always remember how Uncle Arthur and my Dad would laugh at the same corny jokes they told each other every time they were together. We always enjoyed visiting our cousins in Hanover Park. Rest in paradise Uncle, enjoy your heavenly reunion, I'll see you later!

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