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Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery

18000 Interstate 45 S, The Woodlands, TX

OBITUARY

John "JJ" Rolland Baker

May 22, 1950October 6, 2019
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On Sunday, October 6, 2019, John R “JJ” Baker, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away at the age of 69. This was a shock to many as he was only very recently diagnosed with cancer.

John was preceded in death by his father Harold O and mother Lillian Watt Baker. He was born on May 22, 1950 in Covington KY. When he was 2 the family moved to New Jersey, where he grew up with 3 older siblings. John graduated from Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren NJ, and then earned a BS in Psychology from Salem College in West Virginia. He then earned a Masters of Arts from Central Michigan University where his studies focused on Counseling and Guidance.

Returning to NJ John worked at a group home for boys before changing career paths taking a job in sales with GATX, a terminaling company. That job lead to an offer from a competitor, Paktank, which moved the family to Houston, TX. Paktank later became Vopak, from which he retired.

John enjoyed life! He loved being at the beach and owned a house on the Bolivar Peninsula until Ike swept it away. He bought a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle/trike and traveled the country, trying to visit all of the national parks on the mainland. He didn’t get to all of them but he made a very good dent in his list. He enjoyed the camaraderie and friendship within the GWRRA riding group. His hobbies are sports and gardening and he was the proud recipient of a tomato growing award this year from the Arbor Gate. John is survived by his wife of 37 years, Maureen Steger Baker, and his 2 sons, Paul R and Mark O Baker, Mark’s wife Jessica and their son Owen. His siblings include sisters Marie Comune-Saner and husband Al, Loretta Maksimik and husband Walter of NJ, Brother Harold O Baker III, and his wife Rena of VA, plus his many nieces and nephews.

The viewing and funeral for John will be at Forest Park - The Woodlands. Viewing is on Sunday, October 13 from 3-6 PM. Burial is on Monday October 14th at 10:00 AM.

To celebrate his life, the family asks that visitors wear blue, John’s favorite color, or any bright color, in lieu of black.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Wreaths Across America, under the John ‘JJ’ Baker fundraising page. John was a proud rider in the Patriot Guard motorcycle escort which escorted the wreaths to the Houston National Cemetery, where he helped to lay them on the graves of our fallen military. Or to any charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank all of the caring team who worked to treat John during his short time as a patient at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There are so many who showed John and Maureen much compassion and caring.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, October 14, 2019

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Anita Lovelady

October 15, 2019

Mike and I always enjoyed watching JJ, decorate the outside of your house for Christmas. There was no rhyme or reason for his style, they always made me smile. JJ, lived life to the fullest and had some exciting adventures with his family. He will be missed, if you need our help with anything just call.

Greg Ferrone

October 13, 2019

So, both the Jets and the Texans won today, the day of JJ’s wake. That isn’t a coincidence, that is JJ making it happen from heaven (because that NEVER happens!). I love you J and I’ll always be thankful for you in my family’s lives. You will never be forgotten and always appreciated. God bless you and keep you man.

Karen Barto

October 13, 2019

Maureen, it is with the greatest sadness that I send along our condolences on the passing of your husband (and my cousin). My name is Karen (Baker) Barto. My dad, Eugene Baker Sr., and Harold Baker Sr., were brothers. I believe that the last time I saw Johnny was just before my family moved from New Jersey to California during the summer of 1966. My fondest memories of Johnny revolved around the Beatles music phase. As I recall he was rather quite talented! Once again, please accept our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Karen and Bill Barto.

Louise Colucci

October 13, 2019

Maureen,
My deepest condolences to you and the boys. This is still a little shocking. JJ was special to me - I have so many fond memories, many of which you shared, of great dinners at Chevre D'or in Eze, Nello's in New York. And, then there were fun lunches in Houston with JJ and Dave. JJ was always so kind and caring. He will be greatly missed! You and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Louise

David Wojtowicz

October 13, 2019

"JJ" helped make life fun. We shared several good times together which included eight consecutive Kentucky Derbies, a Breeder's Cup, and countless nights at the Sam Houston Racetrack. Oh my how he enjoyed shouting a horse to the finish line. What I remember most was his love for family and friends, his quick wit and kind mannerisms. My "little buddy" will be sorely missed.

Davis Acuff

October 13, 2019

I was so saddened to hear of Jay's passing. Maureen, Mark and Paul my prayers and thoughts are with you all. I love the memories we shared in Scouts and on Galveston Island.

Davis Acuff

Glenn & Pat Belunek

October 11, 2019

Too often as life rolls by, we don't take the time to tell those who have touched our lives in a special way how much it meant.... Please know that JJ touched our lives with his kind and gentle ways.

From the many pictures, we can see just how much he loved life. He lived a BEAUTIFUL life!

As members of GWRRA, Chapter G, we will miss his camaraderie. Remembering you and JJ in our minds and in our hearts. Our condolences to you and your family. Until we all meet again.

John Rice

October 11, 2019

Dear Maureen - I was shocked and saddened to hear of JJ's passing. I was privileged to know and work with him. He was one of the good guys in our business. He may be gone from this earth but he will live on in our hearts and minds. My deepest condolences to you and your Family.

John Rice

DAVID HALL

October 10, 2019

" JJ" skis were always pointed down the fastest path. He lived life to the max, and set the example for the rest of us. Maureen; Bonnie and I are very sorry for your loss, but you will have great memories you will treasure forever. God Bless!

RANDY Nichols

October 10, 2019

A GOOD FRIEND AND THE GREATEST FISHING PARTNER I'V EVER HAD !!
RANDY NICHOLS

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