Fred L. Baker known for enjoying family, parties
COLUMBIA — Fred L. Baker didn't know a stranger. With his love for being around people and his job making many stops in the community, he knew everyone in town, said his son, Greg Baker.
"He liked to be around people," his son said. "He liked to have a good time and to share that good time with every one else."
Fred L. Baker of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. He was 73.
He was born on Feb. 4, 1938, in Columbia, to Jim and Mary (Moreland) Baker.
He married Donna Colter on Feb. 14, 1958, in Hartsburg.
Mr. Baker graduated from Hickman High School in 1956. After graduation he continued working at Jimmy's Potato Chip Co., a family-owned business. When his family sold the company in 1961, he ran a vending route with Brown Amusement and Vending for 28 years.
Mr. Baker was a member of the Eagles Club of Columbia.
He loved watching football, professional teams and the Missouri Tigers. Fishing with his family and friends in Moberly at the family cabin was a favorite pastime. He was also an avid poker player and loved to have fun.
"Any occasion was a reason for a party. He loved to have a party," his son said.
Mr. Baker is survived by a son, Greg Baker, and his wife, Lynne, of Ashland; one granddaughter, Andi Glidewell and her husband, Nick, of Columbia; and one great-grandson.
His parents, Jim and Mary Baker, and his wife, Donna Baker, died earlier.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be at noon on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Suite 110, Columbia, MO 65202.
Condolences can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.