Elmer Eugene Baker was born October 20, 1941 in Mount Ayr on the family farm to Doyle and Laura (Barchus) Baker. He attended Mount Ayr Schools.
On December 24, 1958 Elmer married Lois Janette Hays and to this union two daughters were born, Debra Lynette and Dixie Lea. They later divorced.
On June 15, 1974 Elmer was united in marriage to Mary Jo (Brown) Herring and three children, Rhonda Sue, Lee Alan, and Gary Lynn.
Elmer farmed and worked with his Dad in the Baker Well Drilling and Surge Milking Equipment business. He later owned and operated Baker Burners, a business where he made wood burning stoves and also other welding and manufacturing projects.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr and Ringgold County Sheriff’s Posse.
Elmer and Mary Jo retired to Mountain Home, Arkansas in 1998. Elmer did woodworking and framing. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and going to the Iowa State Fair. He loved country western music and played the steel guitar.
Preceeding Elmer in death were his parents; brother Dick Baker; brothers-in-law, Duane Triggs and Bill Webb.
Left to cherish Elmer’s memory are his wife of 41 years, Mary Jo; three daughters, Deb (David) Repp of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Dixie Baker of Mount Ayr and Dr. Rhonda (Mick) Lovell of Des Moines; two sons, Alan (partner Gary) Baker of Chicago, Illinois and Gary (Cassie) Baker of Portland, Oregon; eleven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Norma Webb, Iona Triggs and Joyce (Jim) Ward; one sister-in-law, Ann Baker; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Special thanks to the caretakers in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Services will be held at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016 with Pastor Edward Shields officiating. Open visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday, January 8 from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. with family being present from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
There will be a reception following the service at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr. There will be a private burial in the Benton Cemetery at Benton, IA.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2016