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John Russell Baker, age 101 of Linn, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at Capital Region Medical Center.
Russell was born July 13, 1917, in Linn, a son to the late John Lee and Annie Margaret (Vogel) Baker.
Russell was a 1936 graduate of Linn High School and a 1942 graduate of the University of Missouri where he received his BS in Agriculture.
On June 26, 1943, he was united in marriage to Patience “Patie” Harness in Corso, Missouri. She preceded him in death on October 13, 2003.
Russell had been a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Linn since 1930 where he served on the Administrative Board as President and Treasurer. He was also a member of the Methodist Men’s Club and served as a District Trustee. Russell was a member of the Linn Masonic Lodge, Linn Public School Board where he had an active part in the establishment of State Technical College of Missouri, Linn Public Cemetery Board, Three Rivers Cooperative Board Member, Treasurer of the Osage County Livestock Association, member of the Rural Fire Protection Board, past member of the Linn Lions Club and served on the Osage County Fair Board. Russell was also involved in teaching farming classes to returning World War II soldiers.
He enjoyed fishing and farming was not only his job, but his passion. His dog, Lady, was his constant companion. Russell was a people person and enjoyed attending school and community functions. He never met a stranger.
Russell is survived by: one son, Ronnie Baker and his wife Bonnie of Linn; one daughter, Barbara Jean King and her husband Danny of Lee’s Summit; three grandchildren, Lorie (Tracy) Winslow, Kurt (Robyn) Baker, and Mark (Julie) Baker all of Linn; eight great grandchildren, Brock, Myra, Blaine, Britt, Reid, Lily, John Rhett and Lucy and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his parents and spouse of 60 years, he was preceded in death by: two brothers and their wives, Robert and Irma Baker and Clarence and Claudia Baker; three sisters and their husbands, Minnie and Arch Mahon, Irene and Harry Ebert, and Faye and Adam Schneider; and a special friend, Edna Starr.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Morton Chapel in Linn. A Masonic Service will begin at 4:00 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Linn with Rev. Bill Barkman officiating.
Interment will be in the Linn Public Cemetery.
Expressions of Sympathy may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church or Linn Public Cemetery.
St John's United Methodist Church
920 E. Main, Linn MO 65051
Linn Public Cemetery
P.O. Box 77, Linn MO 65051