CREAL SPRINGS -- Samuel Eugene Baker, 82, died Friday, July 12, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Sam passed away at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Feb. 8, 1931, in Goreville to James Samuel and Ruby (Short) Baker.
He was a sheet rocker for 49 years and a U.S. Army
veteran of the Korean War
Sam especially loved to mow lawns and work on lawn mowers. He had a wonderful sense of humor, bright smile and loving nature that will never be forgotten. His greatest joy was his dog, Misty.
His family and friends will hold the memory of this special man in their hearts forever.
Survivors include his companion, Cathy Turner of Creal Springs; former wife, Barbara Baker of Johnston City; son, Mike and Marytom Baker of Pittsburg; daughter, Barbara and Rick Verbal of Murphysboro; daughter, Jeanne and Billy Dean of Johnston City; stepdaughter, Paula and Craig Hansen of Carterville; grandchildren, Jeremy and Julie Baker of New Dennison, Ashley and Justin Cavitt of Pittsburg, Angie and Brian Keown of Murphysboro, Karri and Rick Goodnight of Murphysboro, Luke Verbal and Sarah Dunmeyer of Elkville, Amanda Verbal and Jeremy Partridge of Murphysboro, Josh Dean and Sarah Schwarz of Johnston City and Nick Dean of Johnston City; great-grandchildren, Noah Baker, Makayla Baker, Isaiah Baker, Blakely Cavitt, Kenadie Cavitt, Jericho Cavitt, Tyler Verbal, Logan Keown, Tessa Verbal and Erica Hansen; sister, Clarice Killman of Marion; brother, Ron and Norma Baker of Marion; brother, Jack Baker of Marion; and lots of special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Robert "Bob" Baker; and four sisters, Agatha Tanner, Opal Hill, Carolyn Johnson and Rosetta Short.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Chris Cutsinger officiating. Burial will be in Cana Cemetery in Goreville. Military honors will be presented by Marion's military ceremonial team, comprised of Marion's American Legion and VFW
posts. Assistance will be provided by National Guard Flag Honor Detail. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
For those who prefer, memorials may be made to
or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959.