The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 25, 2014

Forrest Roy Baker

GARNETT, Kan. —  

Forrest Roy Baker, age 82, of Garnett, Kan., passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa, Kan.

He was born on Nov. 8, 1931, in Moberly, Mo., the son of Roy Lee and Violet (Briggs) Baker. Roy graduated from Jasper High School with the Class of 1949 in Jasper, Mo., entering the United States Army soon after, serving in the Korean War. He served in the 24th Infantry and later served in the Yukon Defense Force in Fairbanks, Alaska, receiving medals of two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medals and Master Musician Medal.

After stationed in Fairbanks, his family moved to Sedalia, Mo., where he started selling life insurance. They moved around several places before moving to Humboldt, Kan. While there, he started his crop dusting company, Baker Flying Service, Inc., in Chanute. In 1975, Roy and his family moved to Garnett where he was the fixed base operator at the Garnett Airport as a flight instructor; teaching hundreds of students and accumulating over 13,000 hours of flight time.

Roy married Carol Uhrman on Sept. 11, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wis. This union was blessed with four sons and one daughter. They later divorced.

Roy was a member of the Garnett V.F.W. Post No. 6397, Shriner's in Kincaid, Kan., and the Garnett Lions Club. He loved to travel with his best friend, Marguerite Ryman, spending much time in Branson, Mo., Ireland, Scotland, Hawaii, England and New Zealand.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee and Violet Baker; infant daughter, Melody Baker; and five sisters, Mildred Drennen, Edna York, Eva Willard, Pearle Kellogg and Edie Stockard.

Roy is survived by his four sons, Roy Scott Baker, of Richmond, Kan., Gerry Baker, of Washington, Steve Baker and wife, Luanne, of Ottawa, and Jeff Baker and wife, Lou, of Ottawa; one sister, Shirley Flenniken, of Jasper; six grandchildren, Cheryl, Jayson, Lynn, Adrian, Allison and Keaton; four great-granddaughters, Emree, Allie, Allisha and Reese; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, Feb. 27, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital in care of Feuerborn Funeral Home, 219 Oak Street, Garnett KS 66032.

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