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“Sue and Family, Our sympathy is with you at this difficult time. We will keep you in our hearts and prayers. Sincerely, Linda Schumacher ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Durr Schumacher - AR

“Dear Sue and family, Dave and I were saddened to hear that Fred as passed away.We want you to know that our thougts and prayers of sympathy are with...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Dave and Arline O'Connor - MO

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My son Eric Forsberg called me to let me know since I am in Az for the winter. Kayla...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Bev Postels - Grinnell, IA

“Sue, Please accept my condolences at this time. Fred was a good man and will be missed by many. His memory lives on in you, your children and...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Whisenand - Des Moines, IA

“such a sweet man and such a beautiful family.he was loved by all. I felt so happy to be with the family during cori and allens wedding. God bless...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: joyce tucker - overland park, KS

“Sue, our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May God bless all of you! ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Jim & Ilene Connealy

“Sue & family, I am very sorry to learn of Fred's death. I am currently in Florida so can't be there in person but want you to know I care & am...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Sandy Galloway Gethmann - Newton, IA

“My sincerest sympathies to the Baker family. Especially to Chuck who has spoken so highly of his father and family for years. May you find comfort in...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Suzanne Williams - Newton, IA

“Dear Family, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all. We are never prepared to lose a special loved one, and Fred was all of tha. He was in our...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Janet Tice Maudlin - Norwalk, IA

“My deepest condolences to your family. Fred will be greatly missed in many ways, but especially as a friendly face at the Elks Lodge. ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Denise Bennett - Grinnell, IA

“So sorry for your loss. I knew Fred from the Elks and he was such a nice person. ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: Pam Johnson-Runner - Friend

“Our sympathies go out to the entire Baker Family. May your memories be a comfort to you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Diana Hawkins - Ankeny, IA

“Sue and family, We were so sad to hear that Fred passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this difficult time....Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Diane and Gregg Hawkins - IA

“Sue, Lynn, Wayne and Chuck, We were so shocked to learn of Fred's death when Stephani called this am. I remember all the school activities, scouts...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Knierim - Grinnell, IA

“Sue, I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you! Stacy Heinen ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Stacy Heinen - Friend

“We are in Arizona and just heard of Fred's death. We are so sorry and wish that we could be there for the service. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Ray and Judy Bush - Grinnell, IA

“Fred was a good friend to my dad and I got to know him at GMRC. I'm so sorry to hear he is gone from us, but we'll see him again when it is our turn....Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Deb Arment - friend

“Donna and I send our sympathy to the whole family. My prayer group prayed for strength and comfort for you all just last night. I can hardly...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Phil Yount - Friend

“Sue, I am thinking of you and your family so much. I was so sorry to hear of Fred's death today from Gary Blom in Texas right now. He was glad to...Read More »

“My heart is breaking for my Grinnell Family aka known as the Baker Family. So sad to hear of Fred's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Jill Campbell Connolly - IA

“Sue, I was so very sorry to read of Fred's passing. You have my deepest sympath and are in my prayers. Blessings, Karen ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Karen E Edgington

“Sue, just heard the news of Fred's passing. Our hearts feel very heavy right now but trying to remember all the great road trips we had together. We...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Pat and Kathy - Grinnell, IA

“Sue and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Freds passing. He was one of a kind. If you need anything just give me a call. God bless you all ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Loma Pinkerton - Grinnell, IA

“Baker family: words can not express the sadness that I am feeling for all of you right now. It was so good to see him at Cori's wedding. What a...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Shelly Pollock - Belton, MO

Fred Baker, 72, of Grinnell died February 15, 2013, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church with Rev. Rose Blank and Deacon Diane Eberhart officiating. Pianist will be Kathy O'Connor. Pallbearers will be Frank Jensen, Scott and Mark VandeHaar, Greg Baker, David Smothers and John Guthrie. Honorary bearers will be Bud Smothers, Richard Brignon, Allen Latcham, Gary Blom, Robert Wilkins, John Shultz and Dennis Watson. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Smith Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 Monday evening.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grinnell United Methodist Church.

Fred was born July 26, 1940, in rural Mahaska County, the son of Charles Francis and Elgie Marie Everly Baker. He attended school in Oskaloosa and later graduated from Searsboro High School with the class of 1958.

On March 5, 1960, he was united in marriage with Sue Adamson, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church. A union of almost 53 years! The couple lived in Grinnell all their married life.

Fred was employed for 35 years as a mechanic and bridge welder with the Iowa D.O.T. in Malcom and Grinnell. After his retirement, he worked building and grounds at G.M.R.C. and as a custodian at Grinnell United Methodist Church. He also owned and operated Fred's Lawn and Garden in Grinnell.

He was a member and past Exalted Ruler of Grinnell Elks Lodge B.P.O.E 1266, Grinnell I.O.O.F. and the Grinnell United Methodist Church.

Fred enjoyed home improvement projects and designing, creating and fixing things. He knew the value of hard work and instilled a great work ethic and strong family values to his family. He was a Good Samaritan and was always willing to share his hand and friendship towards others. He enjoyed popcorn, hand cranked homemade ice cream, roasting hotdogs in the fireplace in his backyard and driving his golf cart with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Sue of Grinnell; four children, Marcia Baker of Grinnell, Wayne (Christi) Baker of Grinnell, Chuck (Pam) Baker of West Des Moines and Lynn (Philip) Klett of Center Point; twelve grandchildren, Cori (Allen) Hare, Kendra Baker, Connor Duffus, Devon, Desiree, Regan, Cole, Michael and Sam Baker and Chase, Josie and Grady Klett; two sisters, Joan Hanna of Urbandale and Nancy VandeHaar of Oskaloosa; and a special great-nephew, Josh Baker. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Jerry and Tony Baker.

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