William “Bill” Roy Baker died in his home at the age of 89, Friday August 28, 2020. Bill was born on June 28, 1931 to Roy and Stella Pearl (Richardson) Baker in their home. He grew up on the family farm located in Union Township, not far from Grange Hall. Bill went to Union Country School House through 8th grade; then boarded in Ellsworth Wisconsin to get his High School education graduating in 1949. He was drafted into the U.S. Marines Corps November 28, 1951 during the Korean War, serving his country two years as an auto mechanic then returning home to the family farm November 1953.
On June 8th, 1963 he married Marlene (McDonough) in Plum City Methodist Church; they were married 57 wonderful years. Over the next eight years they had three children: Mary (Blanchard) and husband Michael from Downers Grove, Illinois, Barry and (close friend Christine Tsuchiya) from Honolulu, Hawaii, Sheri (Fisher) and husband Idris from Plum City, Wisconsin.
Bill had four grandchildren: Bradly Roy Baker from Honolulu, Hawaii, Michael Dylan Blanchard from Downers Grove, Illinois, Adrianna Pearl and Kampbell Marie Almsted from Plum City, Wisconsin. Bill was very proud of both his children and grandchildren, they brought him a lot of joy, and were the apple of his eye.
Bill enjoyed farming and never had a problem getting local kids to help him with the hay crop, all he had to do was drive to town and start asking for help and they would come.
Bill retired from the farm in 1992 and went to work for Boyer Ford in the Twin Cities, picking up and delivering trucks with three other local buddies; he was able to see a lot of the country and, like he said, he got paid to do it. Bill and Marlene moved to the village of Plum City in 1994 and enjoyed going to breakfast with local friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Malcom Scott Baker, grandparents, and aunts.
Visitation Saturday, September 5th, 11:00 – 2:00, Rhiel Funeral Home, 615 12th Ave E, Durand, WI. Procession to Ono Methodist Church Cemetery and burial service with military honors immediately following.
Donations can be made to https://www.copdfoundation.org/Take-Action/Donate/Donate-Now.aspx
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.