KINGSTON – Jerry Baker, 73, of Kingston, Ill., passed peacefully into eternal life on the afternoon of Jan. 2, 2013. |
Born Jan. 17, 1939, in the Cumberland Mountain community of Pineville, Ky., to the late William and Hylie (Miller) Baker, Jerry graduated from Pineville High School in 1958 and played football during his high school years.
In the summer of 1958, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent his four-year tenure at the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., as a petroleum systems management specialist, working with the Atlas missile. Jerry returned to Kentucky in the fall of 1962 and enrolled at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky., completing a double major in history-political science and English, and earned his bachelor's degree in 1966. There he met his wife, Cynthia Kowalski, and the couple married Aug. 26, 1967. After a short teaching career, Jerry and Cynthia relocated to northern Illinois in March of 1973, where he settled and spent the remaining 40 years of his life. He was employed as a plant manager and maintenance supervisor at Vee Jay Plastics Inc., in Burlington for 34 years, retiring in 2007.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia (Kowalski) Baker of Kingston; son, Conrad (Valerie) Baker of Gladstone, Mich.; and three beloved grandchildren, Chase, Kellen and Allyson Baker. He also is survived by one brother and one sister, Rick Baker of Bowling Green, Ky., and Dorcil Albair of Hackberry, La.; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, William and Hylie (Miller) Baker; and brother, Gene Baker.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Olson Funeral and Cremation Services Ltd., Cooper Quiram Chapel, 202 E. Main St., Genoa. Graveside service with military honors after the funeral service will be at North Grove Evangelical Cemetery near Leaf River. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. before the service at the chapel with the Rev. Dr. Daniel F. Diss officiating.
Memorials can be made to honor Jerry to the University of The Cumberlands, president's office, 6191 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY, 40769; 606-539-4201.
To share a memory or condolence, visit www.OlsonFH.com or call 815-784-2518.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Jan. 4, 2013