I am sorry for your loss...I loved your Mom and Dad. I have fond memories of sitting on their porch swing with them when the weather was good...we just lived across the street from them.
I'm sorry I missed this. I would have loved to have been there for the services. Having Jack involved in RCIA and hearing his stories really inspired me. I'm sorry for your loss. He will be missed.
We are so very sorry to learn of Jack's passing. He was truly a gift from God! Jack was our good neighbor for many years when we lived in Lafayette. He was so kind, friendly and helpful. May he rest in the loving arms of Jesus. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
With deepest sympathy,
Mike, Kathy and Kevin Sternal
Sending thoughts and prayers out to the whole family. Jack was such a special person and I have such great memories of him and Marlene from growing up. I know he will be greatly missed!
To the Baker Family,
I wanted to express my sincere condolences for the loss of Jack. Earlier this year, we also felt the loss of Jack's brother, Dave. As you know, I attended the funeral. I did so, not only out of respect for Dave and his family, but also because I hoped I would have an opportunity to visit with Jack.
I feel so fortunate and blessed to have had that quiet time in my visit with your Dad. As I pulled the chair up beside him to begin our talk he gave me that patented “Jack Baker” smile; knowing that I was greatly looking forward to our visit. As you can guess his conversation with me was never about himself, but rather other people and his family. He had that spark in his eye when he shared a story of how he used to play with my father, aunts, and uncles as a boy. Even his sister chimed in with a big smile after learning I was Bo's son.
They both began sharing with me stories about the Alting/Baker's memories from so many years ago. He pointed out how great it was that we have kept that connection for generations and even to this day. He spoke in detail about his children and his pride in them. Most importantly, he was so grateful that each and every one has been there for him during his past struggles. I reminded him that part of him is in each of his children and that's why they are all such caring and compassionate people. His response was again one of those “Jack Baker” smiles.
As he continued to share these stories with me, every time the name Greg appeared once again there was that laugh and smile from Jack. We covered an awful lot in that 20 minute talk. As I was leaving, we both said goodbye and when I turned around he gave me a wave. I can't help, but feel that perhaps he knew what that goodbye truly meant. I want you to sincerely know that this talk with your father will be with me for the rest of my life.
From the old neighborhood I am here to tell you that God blessed us by giving us incredible parents.
Your childhood friend,