Ivan L. Baker

July 4, 1921September 21, 2010

Faith, Hope, and Love and the greatest of these is Love.

Ivan L. Baker, 89, Kokomo, went to be with his Savior after midnight on September 21, 2010 at North Woods Village. He was born July 4, 1921, in Linton, Indiana, to Roy M. and Lilly (Hagerman) Baker. On December 7, 1947, he was married to Wilma Scott at the First Baptist Church of Anderson by Rev. Smith.

He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945, serving in the Southern Philippines, the Luzon Campaign, and the New Guinea Campaign. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon along with three Bronze Service Stars, and he also showed movies to General MacArthur. He managed the north and south drive-in, Sipe, and Isis theatres and helped in the opening of the first McDonald restaurant in Kokomo. He later worked for and retired from Chrysler. He was a member of St. Luke Methodist Church. He was a covering for his wife and was a loving father to his sons. He was adored by his grandchildren and enjoyed making them many wooden toys. He was known by his beautiful white hair in his later years.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Baker; three sons, Leslie (Karen) Baker, Beaver Creek, Ohio, Peter L. (Phyllis) Baker, and Bradley S. (Mary) Baker, all of Kokomo; ten grandchildren, Paul Baker, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kim Schomburg, Chicago, Illinois, Ginger Cardwell, Tyler, Texas, Lisa Schafer, Fairborn, Ohio, Lauren Weller, Portsmouth, Ohio, Lindsay Patterson, Ohio, Monica Baker, New Orleans, Louisiana, Cassie McKillip, Luke Baker, and Levi Baker, all of Kokomo; and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Loren Baker.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home, 2097 W. Alto Rd., Kokomo, IN 46902, with Rev. Harold Williams officiating. Burial will take place in Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson. Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences to the family can be made at


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 24, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Jan Poormon

September 28, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the love of friends and family be a source of comfort to you.

Fern Fennell

September 23, 2010

Wilma and boys and families, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember many years of friendliness and kindness from him to our family. Began with me then continued almost all of 9 children plus Mother. He was a great man! And it's really weird that I was just wondering about all of you last week. Even tried checking internet. Special memories! I am out of country and was sad when Mom told me of the news. I know he is in a great place now though.

Love and Prayers
Fern (Woodring)Fennell

Often wonder if Pete remembers me. :-)

Robyn Rose

September 23, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family during this difficult time.

Robyn and David Rose

September 23, 2010

Pete, Pam and I want you to know we are with you in prayer on your father passing. He is alive in your memories and lessons learned forever. God has a plan for us all and your father has completed his. Now it is up to us. Pete, you now become the patriarch of your family and with it a great responsiblility. God Bless you.
Don and Pam Tucker

Dave & Glenda Phillips

September 23, 2010

The ripple in the water,
Started by your father,
Sill continues today.

We are sorry for your lost.

Pam Chambers

September 23, 2010

I'm sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

September 23, 2010

We are sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Mast family

September 23, 2010

Sorry to hear about your Dad. Arlene and I are currently out of town. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ron & Arlene Buell

Sue Robison

September 22, 2010

I'm sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great man to work for. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sue Robison