OBITUARY

Jim Baker

July 17, 1951January 19, 2019
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Of Jackson, passed away at the age of 67, unexpectedly while on vacation in Florida on Saturday, January 19, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Schave) Baker; two children, Jimmy (Atalie) Baker and Tanya (Keith) Koehler; five grandchildren, Raelynn, Avery, Kassandra, Toby, and Bella; brother, Kenny (Laura) Baker; sister, Kris Baker as well as nieces, nephews, loving family members, and friends. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Holly Baker. He was born in Trenton, Michigan on July 17, 1951 to James and Ruth (Rapp) Baker and is a 1970 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, Michigan. Jim spent his working career as an electrical inspector. He and Patricia raised their family in Southgate, Michigan and Jim retired from Great Lakes Steel in 2001. They relocated to Jackson to enjoy living on the lake. Jim also was employed with the city of Ann Arbor for eleven years and then went on to work for the University of Michigan as well as Napoleon and Rollin Townships. He was a hard working family man. He enjoyed traveling, camping and making people laugh. Under the Amateur Radio callsign N8RWK, his reach spanned from local events, to the other side of the world.  He always seemed to know when his help was needed, and was always there to give a hand – with a great sense of humor in everything he did. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. A service honoring his life will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (122 W. Wesley Street Jackson, MI 49201) on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Scott Sommerfeld officiating. The family will receive friends at Chas. J. Burden & Son Funeral Home for visitation on Friday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again at the Church one hour prior to the service. He will be laid to rest at Oakgrove Cemetery in Napoleon Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to the Jackson Interfaith Shelter will be appreciated.

  • DONATIONS

  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Jackson Interfaith Shelter

Services

  • Visitation at Funeral Home Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Visitation at Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service at Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Burial at Oakgrove Cemetery in Napoleon Township Saturday, January 26, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Joe Kail

January 25, 2019

Baker family,

You know how much you folks mean to me. This news is absolutely shocking and heartbreaking. Mr. Baker meant a lot to me and my family. He was there for us in many ways, offering kind and helpful words and supporting them with action, which, is incredibly hard to find in this day and age. Many people will miss him and that is a testimony to the life he lived.

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,

Joe Kail and Family

Tom & Becky Hetu

January 25, 2019

We were very saddened to learn of Jim's death. He was a great and friendly neighbor that we will remember always. We will miss him in the neighborhood and on the lake! Our thoughts are with you Pat.

Tom and Becky Hetu

Lance Brown

January 25, 2019

What a great man, easy going and a pleasure to work with. I'm sure going to miss you, JB. I will get to see you again one day, when we are all reunited with our loved ones, until then, I will think of the fond memories I have of you. Shine on JB, condolences to the family.

Jerome Goodell

January 23, 2019

Jim was an amazing, smart, helpful Ham Radio Operator ! Always friendly and fun. I miss him now.
We last spoke a couple times in November 2018.

All I can say is that it is a blessing that we have known such an awesome man !

May GOD bless his soul.

As Ham's speak to each other:

Jim, 73 and Good DX !

ab8b

Jack and Rosemary. Kz6zz, Ki4vo Gunset

January 23, 2019

Jack and I were always entertained by his wit. He could come up with a real belly causing laugh out of any mundane conversation. Jim had a heart of gold and gave us his time in more ways than one, meaning his repairing of ours and our daughters’s clocks.
He had a great love for the Lord and was a devoted husband. We will always remember Jim and are thankful we were a part of his life.

Susan Sayles

January 23, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He would come to our office with the cat and was so friendly and showed genuine interest in Napoleon business. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and prayers during your time of grief.

John Diefenbacher

January 23, 2019

Dear Baker Family
I worked with Jim for the City of Ann Arbor. He was always fun but professional. A really good guy!We have a very special clock on our fireplace mantel that he repaired. Thinking of you.
Sincerely,
John Diefenbacher

HARLAN COOLEY (N8HLC)

January 23, 2019

THE AIRWAY on W8JXN 146.880 will never be the same Jim was always there to give aid when some one needed it ..ill miss hearing hi m till a story on 88 then done saying (THATS MY STORY AND IM STICKING TO IT N8RWK SAID THAT) PAT JIM WILL BE MIISSED VERY MUCH SO (HARLAN N8HLC

Karen Stathakis-Weinschenker

January 23, 2019

Although we haven't been in touch for many years, my thoughts & prayers for peace & comfort are with you, Patty, & your family. God be with you during this time of sorrow & always.

Cindy Quick

January 22, 2019

I am so sad to lose this special human being. Jimmy always made me laugh. He had the best sense of humor. He was such a kind and loving cousin! I remember so many fun times at grandma and grandpa’s home with him and all the other cousins. Most recently, I remember his great hospitality when we visited his home on the lake. We enjoyed a great pontoon ride and lots of laughs. The last visit at grandma and grandpa’s house was in our Winnebago. He found the men working sign in the garage that Uncle Roy always put out when he was grilling for family gatherings. He put it out because we were cooking outside! I hear him laughing about it right now. Rest In Peace my dear cousin💞

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Biography

Of Jackson, passed away at the age of 67, unexpectedly while on vacation in Florida on Saturday, January 19, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Schave) Baker; two children, Jimmy (Atalie) Baker and Tanya (Keith) Koehler; five grandchildren, Raelynn, Avery, Kassandra, Toby and Bella; brother, Kenny (Laura) Baker; sister, Kris Baker as well as nieces, nephews, loving family members and friends. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his sister, Holly Baker. He was born in Trenton, Michigan on July 17, 1951 to James and Ruth (Rapp) Baker and is a 1970 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, Michigan. Jim spent his working career as an electrical inspector. He and Patricia raised their family in Southgate, Michigan and Jim retired from Great Lakes Steel in 2001. They relocated to Jackson to enjoy living on the lake. Jim also was employed with the city of Ann Arbor for eleven years and then went on to work for the University of Michigan as well as Napoleon and Rollin Townships. He was a hard working family man. He enjoyed traveling, camping and making people laugh. Under the Amateur Radio callsign N8RWK, his reach spanned from local events, to the other side of the world. He always seemed to know when his help was needed, and was always there to give a hand – with a great sense of humor in everything he did. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.