John Baker

Birth:Sunday, September 11, 1927
Sedgwick Co, Kansas
Death:Sunday, June 2, 2013
Barton Co, Kansas
Obit:Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Barton Co, Kansas

John Baker, 85, died June 2, 2013 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend, Kansas. He was born September 11, 1927 at Wichita, Kansas, the son of Oscar and Lottie (Frasier) Baker. He was a graduate of El Dorado High School and earned an Associate's Degree from Butler Community College. He later pursued and obtained Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Fort Hays State University. He married Marlene Asbury August 11, 1955 at Tulsa, Oklahoma. They later divorced and he married Dolores P. White Runquist May 24, 1997 at Great Bend.

Mr. Baker was a high school and college athletic coach, starting his career in St. John, Kansas, where he coached various sports. He then continued his coaching career at Shawnee Mission West, Baker University, and Pershing College, where he served as the athletic director, coached basketball, and initiated the soccer program. He later was associated with the Development Office of the Martin Luther Home, Beatrice, Nebraska, and then was appointed as the Director of the Madonna Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska. He retired as the Alumni Endowment Director at Oklahoma City University in 1980. He was a United States Navy veteran, serving during World War II.

Mr. Baker was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge #1127, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3111, and American Legion Argonne Post 180, and a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, all of Great Bend.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores P. Baker, of the home; two sons: Tony Baker and his wife Kathleen, Lawrence, Kansas; and Mike Baker and his wife Chris, Overland Park, Kansas; nine grandchildren: Corey Baker, Trevor Baker, Anthony Baker, Luke Baker, Jordan Baker, Nicholas Baker, Anna Runquist, Ryan Runquist, and Parker Runquist; two great-grandchildren: Isabelle Baker and Benjamin Baker; and three step-sons: Randy Runquist, Lubbock, Texas; Eric Runquist and his wife Steffen, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Shane Runquist, Boston, Massachusetts.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Bryant Funeral Home with Pastor Lynn Schlosser officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2013 at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to American Legion Youth Baseball or Kans for Kids, in care of the funeral home.

Source: Bryant Funeral Home

John Baker

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