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Jim Baker, Sr.

James B. "Jim" Baker, Sr., a former Richmond, Indiana (Wayne Co.) resident, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 1, 2010 at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital in Newberry, South Carolina.

He was born September 13, 1936 in Spartanburg, Indiana (Randolph Co.), the son of the late David H. and Esther Setser Baker. He was a 1955 graduate of Whitewater High School and served in the Army from 1959-1962 in Germany.

He was employed by AVCO and Richmond Gear Works in Richmond. He then started a career in the automotive industry at the Chrysler plant in New Castle, later the Philco-Ford plant in Connersville, and General Motors in Muncie, Indiana, before being transferred to General Motors in Toledo, Ohio until he retired in 1999 after 22 years.

He was lifetime member of American Legion Post #315 and Moose Lodge #167 in Richmond.

In 1999, after retiring, he and his wife Cyrena J. (Elleman), whom he married November 21, 1981, moved to the beautiful and friendly town of Prosperity, South Carolina.

He will be sadly missed by his wife and daughter Sheryl B. Sizemore; sons James B. Baker, Jr. (Angela), Jason Allen Smith (Rhonda), all of Richmond, and John W. Smith of Toledo, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; sisters Patty and (the late Richard Malloris) of Richmond and Joyce Graham (Shelby) of Albany, Kentucky; brothers Harold (Becky) Baker of Richmond and Edwin (Peggy) Baker of Fountain City, nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Duane Lee Baker.

Jim's life will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Elkhorn Cemetery with military rites by the Wayne County Honor Guard.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, February 5, at the funeral home.

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Jim was a nice person when I was a young kid he use to joke with us and tell us we could stay the night but he would have to put some nails in the wall so we would have some place to sleep he said he would just hang us on a nail we always enjoyed our time that we visited with him and Sandy and the kids.My prayers are with the family.

Vicky (Downing)Fuller Feb 15 2010 12:00 AM

Our dear friend Cyrena and Jim's family. We will miss Jim terribly. For whatever reason God needed him at his house. We think about meeting you both at the Lake crossing in Michigan and we have been friends ever since. Please know our prayers are with all of you, allow your self to grieve and get through this. Remember God will be with you every step you take.

Pastor Al and Dr. Karen Rios Feb 7 2010 12:00 AM

Cyrena, can't express enough how sad I was to hear of dad's illness, let alone loosing him. It gives me great comfort to know he is with the Lord, and no longer suffering. He will live on in all of us. We are always here for you, and I hope you will call on us if needed. Love you Angela

Angela Baker- Jimmy's Wife Feb 7 2010 12:00 AM

I was very sad when mom told me about Mr Jim. I have known him for almost all my life and he always made me smile. I hope to see you and Pepe soon. love, McKayla Wise

McKayla Wise Feb 5 2010 12:00 AM

Cyrena and family,
Jim and I were high school classmates at Whitewater. We always looked forward to your visits at either the Alumni Banquet or our mid-summer get together when Paul Warner comes home from California.
Bonnie, Tillie, Donna and I planned to be there today, but old man winter is keeping us at home. Jim was a special person and we will miss him. We hope that you, Cyrena, will feel welcome to come to the above events. We would like to see you.


Phyllis J. Eskew, Bulmer, Amburn Feb 5 2010 12:00 AM

So sorry. Jim was very special and I always had a very warm spot in my heart for him. Cyrena you and the family have my deepest sympathy.

Shirley Smith Feb 5 2010 12:00 AM

So sorry. Jim was very special and I always had a very warm spot in my heart for him. Cyrena you and the family have my deepest sympathy. I just couldn't handle the weather to drive up for the calling. Shirley Ann Biga Smith

Shirley Smith Feb 5 2010 12:00 AM

Jim was such a great guy! I cannot believe he has left this world. I will always remember him riding his motorcycle. My families prayers will be with your family during this time of sorrow.

Carla Trainor Feb 4 2010 12:00 AM

we are so sorry to here of your lost. He was a great person and will be sadly missed by many. Our prayers are with you all at this time

Jerry and Judi Kuhlman Feb 4 2010 12:00 AM

Cyrena, it appears that the weather man is not going to cooperate in order for me to make the funeral. I'm very sorry.

I am very sad at the loss of Jim. He was such a wonderful person and felt like a second dad to me. Patrick and I had such a wonderful time with you both over the holiday's. We loved spending New Years Eve with you both. The laughs that we shared with Jim will be with us forever.

Know that our love is with you.

Gayle & Patrick (Schmidt) Wireman Feb 4 2010 12:00 AM

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