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Joseph Allen Baker
  • November 23, 1940
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  • June 14, 2012

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Joseph Allen Baker (1940-2012) collector of Hot Wheels and old cars, James Dean and Elvis memorabelia. Joe was stuck in the 50’s. Even after cancer treatments he still combed his hair in a “D.A.” (Yes, you may have to ask someone older what that means.) Joe left this earth on June 14, 2012 peacefully in his sleep right where he wanted to be, by his wife and dog Snickers! Joe never knew a stranger and it wouldn’t be unusual for him to see someone he knew in California, Missouri, Florida, Ohio or Kentucky that was from many years working at TWA. Joe’s last job was for the City of South Daytona. He read water meters. Most people would drive their trucks all over but Joe would park and walk for blocks, saying it was good exercise. He also liked going into the office to see his girlfriends. It was just a joke but he thought the world of them, and they of him. They spoiled Joe rotten. Joe said, “It was the best job he ever had.” He also worked for a time at the Kennedy Space Center where he told his kids he had to wear sunglasses because people thought he looked like Steve McQueen. Over the years Joe was known to family and friends as “Bake”, “Joe Don Baker”, “Trouble Maker Baker”, and yes, when he had a longer moustache his blonde hair and a tan, he was known as Hulk Hogan, But, the best way to remember him is husband, Dad, Papaw, Grandpa, and friend. Joe’s family was the most important thing to him. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them. His love and incredible strength made him the wonderful, caring, loving man that he was. Joe lost his battle with cancer but he fought with such strength, courage and most of the time without pain medicine. He still wanted to help and didn’t want to burden anyone. Not many people could do this with such grace and dignity. Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Ann Baker, They had three wonderful children Robin Fields (Danny), Jolene Messmer (Gary), and Brett Baker; four grandkids Chris (Nikki) Houze, Justin (Holly) Houze, Amie (Rusty) Young, Michael Combs; six great grandchildren Xavier, Layla, Jordan, Faith, Josh and Landon. Joe joined his parents Robert and Mildred Baker, brothers Bobby and Harold and sister Regina in heaven. Leaving his other siblings until their time Denny, Joyce, Donald and Steven. Joe is and was and incredible man and will always be remembered in our hearts and minds.  

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  1. Edson says:
    07 Jan 2013
    Ur right lankan soul' they are the world 2nd biegsgt population but stil they can't produce best cricketers, example of best cricketers from small sri lanka= murali(1st project mystery off spinner,highst wicket taker in da world,introduced the Doosra),mahela(best logical captain,and asia cup 2008 best captain award winner),TM dilshan(the world best batsman alive,t20 2009most runs nd best player award winner and introduced new batting style DILSCOOP'),finaly ajantha mendis(2nd project mystery off spinner,asia cup2008 man of da trnmt inroduced the carram ball). (0)

  2. Tammy Ross says:
    17 Jun 2012
    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. You were all blessed to have such a wonderful father, husband and grandfather. I know we were blessed to have him as an uncle. Keep the faith and remember he is just checking in early to make sure all of you get a good spot.

  3. Jolene Messmer says:
    17 Jun 2012
    MEMORIAL June 17th at 4pm at Joe's home.
    For address please call 386-428-5836

  4. Tammy Ross says:
    16 Jun 2012
    Rest in peace uncle Joe. Give grandpa, grandma and Tina a big hug. See you later. Love,
    Your niece

  5. The Bickford's says:
    16 Jun 2012
    So sorry for your loss, our thought's & prayer's are with you all. May he rest in the arms of the angels.

  6. Tracey Collins says:
    15 Jun 2012
    Mr. JOE, Thanks for the time we got to meet and for sharing your collection of Match box cars with my son, Kasey, that's an afternoon that we will treasure always. You were blessed with 3 beautiful chidren and lovely wife... But, I have to say to you, my friend, that daughter Robin, is one angel flying to close to the ground.... Robin loved you more than Life itself.. What a special gift you two shared.. May you rest in peace and be the guardian angel that God intended you to be.. Love, Tracey, Kaleb and Kasey

  7. terry shaffner nephew says:
    15 Jun 2012
    he was more then a uncle to me he was a good friend i will mis him

  8. joyce shaffner says:
    15 Jun 2012
    RHI will never forget in Tina was little you called her your little sonshins and you and Shirley was there for me when she passed away and all the good time we had growing up Iwill miss you but i will seeyou someday Tina usedto call youHulk Hogan because she said you look like him well I never say good bye i aways say see you and i will love your sister cookie

  9. Nikki says:
    15 Jun 2012
    Grandpa wish we could have done our Sunday doughnuts one last time! I have many many good memories of you with Xavier and Layla. Were be with you again where there is happiness and no pain! Can't wait to se see you again happy and healthy the lord got a wonderful angel when you joined him! Me Chris Xavier and Layla miss and love you more than anything!

  10. Chris Houze says:
    15 Jun 2012
    My grandpa was the strongest man I ever met! He was a good man, a family man, he had flaws (but name someone other than Jesus who didn't!) He taught me to value family, and always put them first... Thats the reason I never got the opportunity to tell him goodbye one last time. I will never forget you grandpa, you will always be on my mind and in my heart. I live you and will miss you even more. Tell my dad hey and I miss him too!
    Love always, ol' scout-Chris

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