The Pryor Times


December 26, 2012

Obituary- Walter Baker

PRYOR — A celebration of the life of Walt Baker was 2 p.m., Wednesday at Word Fellowship Church in Chouteau, under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Burial will follow in Oakhaven Memorial Gardens in Claremore with military honors. Baker, 67, died Saturday.

 Born in Snyder, OK, on Oct. 15, 1945 to James and Josephine (Smith) Baker, Baker was reared and educated in Salina. Following his graduation from Salina High School, he continued his education by earning numerous college and military degrees. He married Leola (Lee) George and the couple celebrated 38 years together and was gifted with 5 children.

Baker had a love of his country and served in the U.S. Army for 15 years as a Drill Sargent. During his military career, he developed the characteristics that his family used to describe him, driven, focused, strong-willed and independent. Although he was proud of his military career one of his favorite pastimes was found in his horses and barrel racing.  He held the position as president of the Sooner Barrel Racing Association. 

While growing up and raising his own children, baseball was also a very big part of his life. He and his father started baseball in NE Oklahoma when he was a child, and he carried on that legacy serving as head coach for his own boys and many of their friends from t-ball all the way through American Legion. He was a biblical counselor at his church and was known for his sense of humor.

This husband, father and grandfather will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Lee of their home in Inola; his children, Darren Baker and wife Tina of Pryor, Larry Baker and wife Laurie, Lonna Burkhardt and husband Mike all of Catoosa, James Fields of Ft. Gibson and Lisa Baker of Tulsa; Brother Clarence “Sandy” Baker; grandchildren; Dalton, Destinee and Alexis Baker, Dakota Moore and Kayley Smith; his brothers and sisters-in-law Neal and Chris George, Benny & Sherril George, Rick & Brenda Nichols and many other family members. Baker was preceded in death by his parents.

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