Anna, Jay, & Joanna,
First of all let me apologize for my lateness in sending my sincere sympathies. I got hit with displaced ribs, sinusitis & bronchitis between Thanksgiving and Christmas so I was "out of commission" for a while.
I have very found memories of "Mr. Baker". I have those visions of him coming over to our house and asking "Hubie" to borrow a tool or how to fix something. I have visions of him teasing me about dating a guy from Shawnee Mission North. I have visions of his wonderful smile & hear his great laugh. I believe that Daddy and Joe are holding a great Turner coaches meeting and will be there to welcome others.
God Bless You all!
Sally Waugh Helton
Dear Friends and Family of Mr. Joe Baker:
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.
Although I did not have the honor and pleasure of knowing him, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.
His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.
Our deepest sympathy to the Baker family. I'm a 3rd generation THS graduate. Mr. Baker was my History teacher. I loved visiting with him, in most part he would ask about my family. He is one of my favorites that I'll never forget. My grandfather, 1st grad. class in 1919. My parents in 1955, myself in 1978 and my brother in 1980. He will be missed.
Dad, It was only appropriate that Pat helped us celebrate your life in a beautiful service as you continue to live on in my heart. We celebrated you at our Thanksgiving table yesterday and have continued your tradition by answering our phone with "Christmas Gift"!!! I will always love, cherish and honor you as my "dad". You will be sorely missed!
A great coach, and a great man, I was a gym assistant for him in gym class. My condolences to the family. And a special salute to Joe, who was also a veteran and a hero to many.
Dear Anna, Joanna, Pat and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful long and rewarding life Joe lived. Just reading all the memories in this guestbook shows what an inpact he had on so many different people. It was very unique that he had the opportunity to be a teacher, coach and athletic director at one school for his entire career. He really epitomized Turner athletics and he had an infectious smile! Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Mike and Karen
Mr Baker was one of my coaches and my favorite. He was a very good man. John Beery THS 1959
Mrs Baker...you were the secretary at the Turner Grade school in the 50's I remember Joe coming over to see you there..Later he was my track coach, and I was in a few of his classes, he was a good man strict, but fair, he had integrity, I always admired him, and still do..We need more men like him...
Dear Joanna and Jay,
We have such fun memories of you and your dad at Overland Park pool many years ago. Please know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.
Martha (Little M) Ruhl Vyhanek
Mary (Big M) Ruhl
Anna, Joanna and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe was my dad's best friend and I have so many fond memories. Your family was a big part of of my childhood. Love to you...Janie
Dear Anna, We were all sad to hear of your loss and though we never got to know Joe, you've become part of our Independence Hill famiily. Our prayers go to you and your
family. Donald & Suzanne Doan
I taught at THS from 1969 to 1999. Joe's office was close to my room and I remember him as always ready to share a conversation. I was sorry to read about his passing.
Dear Anna, Joanna and Jay, My family would like to express our deepest sympathy. Uncle Joe was always a joy when he visited the ranch. He was a great person and full of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bill, Chris, Stephanie & Rebecca Bone
How could we forget Mr. Baker!?
I graduated Turner 1960. I remember how personable he was. One time he asked me about having a date for an upcoming dance and since I didn't, he found a guy to take me.
I am sorry for the families loss. He was a very caring person!
What a history and legacy. I remember Coach Baker when I was a THS student in the 60's. RIP Coach.
My deepest sympathy to the Baker family and friends. Mr. Baker was a good man and fine example to all the students who were lucky enough to know him at Turner.
We wish to express our sorrow in the passing of our neighbor and co-worker and coach in Turner. Lloyd and Ann Fugate
To Mr Baker's family, we are thinking of you in the passing of your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Dr Baker spoke with love and respect when relating stories of his father while growing up. Our wishes for peace in heart for you all.
Dr. Baker and family, with my deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Jodie Young.
He will be missed. Joe Baker was a fine teacher. Sorry for your loss
Dear Family of Joe Baker, I was one of this football players at Turner High in the early 50's. After graduating I joined the Marine Corps and spent 36 years there, often using the coach as a reference for my many security clearances. Always the coach, a friend and the consumate gentleman. Sincerely, Chris DeFries, Mission Viejo, Ca
A FINE MAN, TEACHER, COACH WHO WITH BURLEY MARTIN AND HUBERT WAUGH FORMED A TROIKA OF SUCH MEN, ALL MY LIFE I ADMIRED HIM AND SO REMEMBER THAT ROOSTER TATTOO ON HIS LEG. HE WALKED WITH THE CONFIDENCE OF A ROOSTER. LARRY HANNA CLASS OF 1960
I remember Joe so well. He was a great influence on me during my high school and football years of 1949 through 1953. We had numerous conversations about his military service and life in general. What a great person. Our sincere condolences
to the Baker family.
The Yeager Family wishes to express our heartfelt sympathies To the Baker Family . Floyd & I both went to Turner as did all 5 of our children and also Grandchildren. He was such a nice nice man and he dmade such a difference to so many .
God Bless you alll... Floyd & Carole Yeager...Also Robin,, Brian,, Michael,,Mark & Kristen
On behalf of the Turner High School family, I am so sorry for your loss and for the loss of such a great Golden Bear. I know I don't have to tell you, but your dad touched the lives of a lot of people, directly and indirectly. In my time here at THS I have had the opportunity to visit with your dad many times about Turner, being an athletic director, the various athletic programs and their histories, or just simply shooting the bull about practically anything. In those conversations it was more than evident that he had such a love for Turner High School and the community of Turner - it is truly inspiring. He left a legacy that continues today and that many of us, even though we may have never worked directly with him, respect greatly and will work tirelessly to continue. He was an amazing man - you and your family should be very proud. Turner will always be blessed and better because of Joe Baker.
Once a Bear always a Bear!!!
Turner High School Principal
Joanna, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult period.
Dear Anna and Family, We were so sorry to hear About Joe. Memories of Joe and our friendship will be with us forever. We are also sorry that we can not attend the memorial in San Antonio, but our prayers and thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow. Dave and Joy Ochs (Pharr, TX)
I was so saddened to hear of your great loss. I wish you fond memories and the healing and peace that comes with time.
Dear Baker Family,
My memories of Uncle Joe will always be of his smile and the little "spark" in his eyes that always made me smile as well. He had an amazing life and has given us many memories which we will always hold dear.
Dear Ann, Joanna and Jay, I am so sorry for your loss. At the same time, as I remember Joe, your family, many Turner teachers and the times we shared, I can not help but celebrate a life well lived. I will always remember his smile, that Texas drawl and his caring nature. May God uphold you all and bless you with His peace.
I'm so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was such a positive influence on so many as the coach at Turner High School. I'm glad to see he finally got back to "God's Country"! I was a Turner Grad in 1956.
It was an honor and a priveledge to know Mr. Baker. Class of 1979, I remember him as our Athletic Director. Always smiling and encouraging students to participate and succeed in either sports or their education. He will greatly be missed. God Bless the entire family.
This Thanksgiving, I will be offering thanks for your loved one’s presence in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve.
I was privileged to come under the tutelage and athletic discipline of Mr. Baker and Mr. Waugh in the early 50's. They exerted a strong influence on the rest of my life. Although I was just a skinny little kid and a terrible football player Mr. Baker made me want to become a Marine and because of his strong influence and the confidence he instilled in me I achieved that goal. Thank you, Semper Fi, sir and God Bless you. My condolences to the family, he will be missed.
I remember Mr. Baker as always having a smile for everyone and making them smile as well! It was such an honor to be one of his students at THS! Godspeed Mr. Baker!
Me and wife both graduated from Turner in 1959 and remember the time Joe had to roll a peanut across the Gym floor with his nose because his kids had won a championship. I did not know he was a war hero as well. He was a good man.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I remember Joe when I worked with him at Turner as coach/Athletic Director. What a hoot! I'll miss him a lot!
Joe's office was across the hall from my classroom when I first began teaching at Turner in 1967. I'll always remember his "chicken foot preserves," as well as the cinnamon candy he made every Christmas. He never failed to cheer people up; it was impossible to be despondent around Joe. Friends like him come around once in a lifetime. I'm privileged to have known him.
As a former athlete in the late 50s & early 60s at Rosedale High School, I competed against Joe Baker's teams at Turner High School. All of his athletes were well coached and well mannered young men. We defeated THS in Track & Field for the EKL championship by a 1/2 point in 1961, and Joe never let me forget that day. And in the late 70s & early 80s, I experienced the good fortune of working with Joe at THS for approximately 10 years. He was a great guy and loved to share funny stories about former athletes he had coached. Joe will always remain one of the most unforgetable and favorite people I have ever known . . .
Joe,,was a pleasure to work with and a good friend.
Joanna, sorry to hear of the loss of your dad, Rachel and I are praying for your family. Gwen Diggs (SAC,San Antonio,Tx)
Pat and Joanna: Sorry to hear of Joe's death. I remember back to 1968 when we were neighbors in Turner and many a good conversation with Joe in the yard. Our prayers and thought are with you this week. (Gary Grogan)
I miss you so much grandpa! Rest well! Love, Jenny
Dr. Jay, Dr. Cindy, Jenny, Neil, Gage, Josh, Tori, and Jayden we are so sorry for your loss, just know that our warm wishes and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. You have our sincere condolences on the loss of your father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
I remember Coach Baker from Turner. Tough exterier....old softie inside. :) It was a pleasure to have known him. I'm sorry there isnt a memorial here in Kansas City, I know it would have overflowed with friends and students
Anna, My heart goes out to you and your family. Joe was a fine man who I had the highest respect for. You and Joe were such wonderful neighbors in Turner.
I wish I could make it to the service but finals are quickly approaching. I will miss you Granddad and I will keep you in my thoughts as I prepare for my exams. It is a bit surreal to think of you as gone, you have always been there and I have never thought of life without you. I love you very much and will miss you deeply
Dear Joanna and Pat, Judy has sent you an entry for us but I also wished to express to you our deep feelings for your loss. We love you all.
Balis and Judy Dailey
There will be an empty chair at the holiday table this year, but it will be filled with loving memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dear Anna, I'm so sorry to hear about uncle Joe. There are no words to express your loss but always know that he will always be remembered in our hearts. May God be with you and your family during these hard times.
I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. My prayers are with you and your family.
Dear Ann, Joanna, and Jay,
I am so sorry to hear about Joe. I have such great memories of all of you growing up in Turner. Joe will hold a very special place in your heart forever. My thoughts are with all of you now, Lindsay Wilkins Wehlage