Noel Baker, age 99 of Linn, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Autumn Meadows Skilled Nursing Facility in Linn.
Noel was born July 1, 1914, in Mint Hill, a son to the late Lloyd and Della (Herndon) Baker.
On June 24, 1939, Noel was united in marriage to Hilda (Bossaller) Baker in Chamois. She survives at Autumn Meadows in Linn.
Noel was a graduate of Chamois High School and completed several college courses. He rode a horse from his house to Flat Rock School to teach. Noel worked for the Corp of Engineers on a drege boat on the Missouri River. During the World War II, he worked in the Briggs Aircraft Plant building Bombers. After the war, he moved back to Osage County, buying his farm and started his dairy farm until he went to work for the Department of Natural Resources.
Noel worked for the Department of Natural Resources as a Supervisor for the State Parks. His last assignment was at the First State Capital in St. Charles, Mo.
Noel was a lifelong area resident of Osage County, a member of Oklahoma Church of Christ and a member of the Osage County Historical Society. He enjoyed fishing, camping, trotline, and piloting his own plane.
For many years, he and Hilda enjoyed spending winters in south Texas and other southern states. They enjoyed traveling through most of the United States and seeing the historical sites.
In addition to his wife of 74 years, Noel is survived by: two sons, Waymon Baker and his wife Pat from Jefferson City, and Michael Baker and his wife Brenda of Warsaw; one daughter, Barbara Crader and her husband Richard of Jefferson City; nine grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Noel was preceded in death by: one brother, Carl Baker and one sister, Esther Marie Baker.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Oklahoma Church of Christ near Linn. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Mark Gregor officiating. Interment will be in the Oklahoma Church of Christ Cemetery.
In Lieu of Flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Oklahoma Church of Christ.
Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, MO (897-2214)