Donald H. Baker, 77, of Mabel, Minn., died suddenly Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.
Donald was born Sept. 2, 1931, in Decorah, to Charles and Florence (Harvey) Baker. He graduated from the Harmony High School in 1949. He started farming with his father until 1952, when he married Joyce Breitsprecher in Burr Oak. They lived in Hesper, where he started his career in carpentry. In 1965 they moved to Cedar Rapids, where he continued his carpentry career until retiring in 1996 and moving to Mabel, Minn., where they had resided since. Don loved playing cards, camping, fishing and spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Don is survived by his wife, Joyce of Mabel; three daughters Sandy (David) Ott of Cedar Rapids, Debbie (Dean) Archer of Swisher, and Tammy (Bryan) Willcoxson of Onalaska, Wis.; a son, Todd (Angie) of Cedar Rapids; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three brothers-in-law, Bob (Eileen) Breitsprecher, Jerry Breitsprecher and Miles Breitsprecher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Joyce Ringoen and Charlene Baker.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 23, at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church in Burr Oak, Iowa, with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church, and one hour before services at the church.
Mengis Funeral Home of Mabel is assisting the family with arrangements.