PAYSON, Ill. -- Ralph Baker, 89, of Payson died at 3:26 p.m. Thursday (March 13, 2014) in Blessing Hospital.
He was born Nov. 19, 1924, in Payson, a son of Fred Baker and Dora Keil Baker. On Dec. 31, 1953, he married Helen Dieterle in Quincy. She died June 1, 2010.
He was a farmer all his life, an independent trucker and employed by Moorman Manufacturing for 12 years. He was a member of Bluff Hall Evangelical Free Church and was a member of the Ansar Shrine Mini-Mule Hitch.
A lifetime area farmer, Ralph was known as a good neighbor, great family man, hard worker, and an instant friend to everyone he met. Animals loved Ralph, and his way with them was a source of amazement for all. People and the animals that knew him will all truly miss his presence.
Survivors include a son, Paul Alvin (Patricia) Baker of Utah; three daughters, Linda (Kevin) Reed, Kim (Loren) Farr and Nancy Morris, all of Quincy; 11 grandchildren, Stuart Baker of Logan, Utah, Sherry Baker of Milwaukee, Wis., Kelsey Reed of Chicago, Callie Reed of West Palm Beach, Fla., Matt Farr of Monticello, Mo., Adam (Kendell) Farr and Jacob and Sammy Farr, all of Quincy, Rachel Morris of Brighton, Colo., and Danielle Morris and Gabriel Lucio, both of Quincy; two great grandchildren, Marshall and Sylas Farr of Quincy; three sisters, Charlotte Nesbit of Payson, Gladys Walz of Arkansas and Ruth Phillips of Augusta; and a brother, Lester Baker of Quincy
He also was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Alvin Donald Baker; and a sister, Velma Kuntemeier.
SERVICES: 1 p.m. Saturday in Bluff Hall Evangelical Free Church with Ralph Fairchild conducting.
VISITATION: Immediately following the service in the church.
MEMORIALS: Bluff Hall Church or Bluff Hall Cemetery.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, Quincy.