John I still think about you often and miss you! Please help guide me when I take command, you were always the better officer.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sorry for your loss our prayers are with you while you continue to heal god bless your family
Barb, Joanie, Jack and Hal: What a great loss and how my heart breaks for all of you.
I always admired John and thought he was such a handsome young man in his Navy whites with that wonderful smile! I always appreciated how much he loved the Boys Scouts, Troop 123 and the Navy. He was such a wonderful role model for the younger boys and I also appreciated how kind and helpful he was to Josh.
My God bless you and help you through the coming days.
My heartfelt and deepest sympathy.
Barb, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God guide and bless you all. Becky Henry '67
John was a best friend and awesome shipmate. I am so lucky to have known John the last four years. I will always remember with fondness the moments shared as we navigated our department head rides on USS SHOUP. But, most of all, I'll never forget the times spent together off-duty. We would ride all the trains we could from Vancouver to Chehalis, hit the road in his truck listening to tunes with no particular destination in mind, enjoy fine wine while pondering life, and talk about our hopes for the future. I loved his cornbread and black bean soup. I miss our Sunday routine of going to church together, having brunch at Arnies overlooking the railroad tracks, then walking around old town Mukilteo. We always had to stop if there were cars on the track so John could take pictures. I miss the sweetness of reunion after time spent apart, especially our last Christmas in Everett and then in Williamsburg in the spring. John was so proud of his time in the Navy, and he shared his stories of his time at USNA with me before his last PCS to Japan. I won't ever forget his handsome smile and zest for life. I miss him terribly but take comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain and is resting peacefully. My life is forever blessed for having known John.
Our heartfelt wishes from all the Blacksheep in Columbus. One of the greatest experiences a person can have is watching a young man grow up, not sure of what the future wll hold, and then, whatch that young man achieve it. No matter what, you'd always have a million dollar smile and a fistful of pesos and come out a sucess. You did what a lot of us Blacksheep could only think about. I am priviledged and honored that you gave me and others that experience. BRAVO ZULU----OUTSTANDING JOB THERE SAILOR! You did it right. Semper Fi---Fair Winds and Following Seas my friend. Duck
Barb, Joan, Hal and Jack, I was taken aback as I read about John. I was fortunate to know him in his youth, always setting (and reaching) the highest goals. He was a very admirable Eagle Scout and he set a fine example for all young men. A light has been dimmed with his passing, but that same light shines brighter now in heaven. Christians never say "Goodbye." We say "See you soon." And we will. My sincere condolences to all of you.
John was a fine shipmate and friend in USS Donald Cook. His sense of humor and professionalism could always be counted on to brighten the darkest days.
John - you will be missed. God bless you and your family.
John was the definition of a great man and Eagle Scout, his legacy will live on in myself as well as the Boy Scouts and Leaders of Troop 123 in Worthington, OH
The world has lost a great leader and mentor. V/R PS1(SW)USN RETIRED.......
Dear Barbara, I light a candle so there will always be a light for you and John and to never have darkness again. Rest in peace, John Baker. Watch over your family in heaven with your wonderful grandparents. Love you, Mickey Hempel
Barbara, my heart breaks for you. From reading John's obituary, you had a perfect son. May he rest in peace and have no pain anymore. I am praying for you, Jack and Joan. He obviously was a wonderful son, brother and stepson and sailor and friend.
I love you
John meant a lot to me and others. I only knew him for a short time, but that's all it took to be touched by his special character. I will miss this shipmate. God speed John.
What a beautiful, exceptional son and brother. My heart goes out to you Barbara, Joan and Jack.
What a tragic loss. I was one of the adult leaders on his Tinnerman trip and appreciated what a fine your man John was. My wife and I will keep John and the Bakers and Browns in our prayers,
It was a pleasure to know you and serve with you aboard the USS Shoup. You will be Missed.
John was a wonderful young man and it was a privilege to know him. He excelled at many things and was a perfect example of what it means to be an American. May he rest in peace and be with our Lord; and may the Baker and Brown families receive some comfort in knowing how much he touched the lives of others and that we are praying for them.
Great friend and Officer...we'll miss you, "7 Mary 3."
It was an honor serving with sir.
I was fortunate to meet John in school before we both joined SHOUP's wardroom. He was a great friend and his love for the Navy and his family was well-known. I never met Joannie but know how proud John was of her.
Rest in peace John. My sincerest condolences to the entire Baker family for this tragic loss.
I was fortunate to meet John in school before we both joined SHOUP's Wardroom. He was a good friend and dedicated professional, completely devoted to the Navy and his family. I've never met Joannie but I know how proud he was of her.
Such a wonderful man from such a wonderful mother! Our hearts are with you Barb! Love you!
We are so sorry for the loss of a wonderful sailor as well as a friend of ours. He will be truly missed by so many. John touched so many lives along the way. I served with John on the USS SHOUP DDG-86.
Fair winds and Following Seas my Shipmate & Friend
Les & Terri Strauss
Rest in peace, Shipmate. Condolences to the entire Baker family. - J.T. Ward, USNA c/o 2000
John was a treasure to his Mother and my friend, Barbara. Bless you John for the joy you gave your Mother and the contributions you made during your time here with us. May your spirit be at peace. Sarah Klatt, San Diego, CA
There are no words that can describe the loss to the Navy, the country, or the world with his pass. What a great man, I will miss him dearly.
Love from Thomas Worthington classmates of many years.
I really enjoyed working with John. He loved the Navy and was willing to do anything to help his sailors and his teammates. John I wish I could tell you that you touched so many people in a great way. You are home now, rest in peace.
What an incredible loss. An inspirational, level-headed leader that touched everyone that knew him. You will be missed sir.
God bless you john. Thank you for your service to our country.
It was a great honor serving with one of the finest Naval Officers I know. Rest in Peace, Sir.
It breaks my heart to know you are gone, John, but I'm glad you are no longer in pain. Haven't seen you in so long, but I'll miss you!
It was an honor serving with Mr. Baker. he was my Chief Engineer onboard USS Shoup. Always in a good mood and willing to help others.
John was a great friend, an incredible leader, and a man that truly lived. He had been through so much and took it all in stride. He will be missed but is in a better place. Rest in peace brother.
John will be greatly missed by all who knew him! Condolences to his family and friends. TWHS class of '96
Im deeply saddened to know that a fine gentleman has left us. I had the privelage to work for him on the USS Donald Cook in 2000, and I considered him a great leader and role model. I'm stunned and not sure what to think. Why was he taken from us I ask myself....thank you for being a great leader and taking care of your people. May you rest in peace SIR!