Robert Gene Baker

March 30, 1933June 17, 2011

Robert "Bob" Gene Baker, 78, of Tallahassee, FL, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Tallahassee after a brief illness.

He was born in Fairfield, IL and attended Southern Illinois University, graduating with a Master's degree in accounting in 1970. He moved with his family to Florida in 1972 and retired from the Florida Department of Transportation in 1999.

His greatest passion in life was serving God. He did this in many ways from teaching Sunday School, working with youth basketball and volunteer work. He was an avid sports fan and loved to follow the Seminoles and the Chicago Cubs.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2919 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL, 32308-850-877-5423, with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or Grace Lutheran Church. There will also be a service in Fairfield, Illinois at a later date.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Viola Irene Baker. Two daughters: Carmen Lashley (Tim) of Tallahassee and Krista Oguz of Decatur, Georgia. Three brothers and one sister: Paris Simpson, Jr. (Betty) of Fairfield, Illinois, John Simpson (Fran) of Tuscumbia, Alabama, Donald Simpson (Brenda) of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Mary T'Jaden (Bob) of Fairfield, Illinois. Two grandchildren: Gregory Lashley and Olivia Lashley of Tallahassee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paris and Cora Simpson.

Arrangements are under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.


Robert Gene Baker

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted


June 22, 2011

To the greatest Dad and husband. Peace my friend. With affection, Irene Baker

Kelly Salerno

June 22, 2011

I have so may GREAT memories of Bob Baker. I think what I'll remember most is his patience with a BUNCH OF TEENAGE GIRLS running around the house in high school. He also had the dry sense of humor that reminds me of Bob Newhart! He was a BIG part of my life growing up with Krista and I will treasures the memories and all the jokes. Nite Nite Bob~God Bless-Kelly Smith-Salerno

June 20, 2011

We were sad to hear of Bob's passing. He was a great man who loved God and people, and he will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God bless you with peace and keep you by His grace.

Allen & Paula Griffin

Doug Craven

June 20, 2011

Mr. Bob was a great mentor even many years ago while working and living in Chattahoochee. He was always a great inspiration and loved working with the youth (myself included at the time). My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mr. Bob was truly a "class act."