On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Roger Louis Baker went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 84.
Roger was born to Maurice and Erma (Davis) Baker on May 14, 1934, in Verndale, Minnesota. He grew up on the family farm there where he worked and played hard with his seven siblings. After high school graduation, he moved to Columbia Falls,and then to Whitefish where he spent 12 years working at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Plant.
In 1968 he and his wife Floy moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. He was a lifetime member of the Painters Union and he worked on the Alaska pipeline. He traveled the world while working for AIA. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing, with his sons and friends (especially with his friend Bud Willard). In 1980 Roger and Floy moved back to Montana where they presently lived.
Roger is survived by wife Floy, and four of five children from a previous marriage, sons Kenneth ((Karen) and Clinton (Yiting) Kalispell; son Ross at Fairbanks, Alaska; and daughter Deanne Krause (Deryl), Nenana, Alaska. He is also survived by three step-children: Christine Tucker, (Tom) of Kalispell; Steve Griffin (Vickey) of Polson; and Nyle Griffin, Plains. He is survived by siblings DeeDee (LaDelle) Neal, (Chuck) Staples, Minnesota; Mary Froechlich (Robert), Champlain, Minnesota; James Baker (Sandy) of Deer Creek, Minnesota and Lola Larson (Larry) of Vancouver, Washington, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by parents Maurice and Erma Baker, son Dean Baker, brothers John and Maurice (Maury) Baker, and sister Shirley Grewe.
Services were held Monday, April 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Hillside Church in Whitefish. A reception followed after services in church basement. Austin Funeral & Cremation Services of Whitefish is caring for the family.