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E. Francis Baker

E. Frances Baker, 84, Mt. Morris, died Aug. 23, 2005, at the Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt Morris.

He was born March 15, 1921, in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County, the son of Harry Hammer and Bertha Alberta (Tholen) Baker. He married Lila Lee Kirk, Oct. 8, 1944 in Dixon. She survives.

He is also survived by one son, Dr. Edward (Molly) Baker, Macomb; two daughters, Barbara (Al) Stephenson, McLean, Va., and Francine Baker, Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandsons, Grant Baker, Dallas, Texas, Mitchell Baker, New York, N.Y., and William Stephenson, Tempe, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Gretchen Baker, and Maren Baker, both of Chicago; two brothers, Dr. Sherwood Baker, Mt. Morris, and Harlan (Marion) Baker, Mt. Morris.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a graduate of Mt. Morris High School, class of 1938 and attended Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he was on the football and wrestling teams.

He was a farmer and owned and operated the Pine Creek Turkey Farm, with cattle, hogs and turkey. He retired in 1986. He was a lifelong resident of Mt. Morris. He belonged to the Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris. He was a 50 year member of the Ogle County Farm Bureau, past president of the Ogle County Livestock feeders Assoc., Served from 1953 to 1977 on the Mt. Morris Fire Protection board, and served two terms on the Mt. Morris School Board, served as past president of the Oregon Golf Club, Oregon.

He was an avid bowler and bridge player. For the past 30 years he enjoyed wintering in Scottsdale, Ariz., watching the Chicago Cubs spring training.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005 at the Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, with the Rev. Lora Zink, pastor of the Disciples, officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris. Burial will be at the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mt. Morris.

Memorials may be made to the Disciples United Methodist Church, Cedar Hill Cemetery Assoc. or Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris.

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