FORREST ROY BAKER
Forrest Roy Baker, 82, Garnett, Kan., passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa, Kan.
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Garnett. Family members plan to greet friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the funeral home.
He was born Nov. 8, 1931, in Moberly, Mo., the son of Roy Lee and Violet (Briggs) Baker.
Roy graduated from Jasper High School with the Class of 1949 in Jasper, Mo., entering the U.S. Army soon after, serving in the Korean War. He served in the 24th Infantry and later served in the Yukon Defense Force in Fairbanks, Alaska, receiving medals of two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medals, and Master Musician Medal.
After being stationed in Alaska, his family moved to Sedalia, Mo., where he started selling life insurance. They moved around several places before moving to Humboldt, Kan. While there, he started his crop dusting company, Baker Flying Service, Inc., in Chanute. In 1975, Roy and his family moved to Garnett, where he was the fixed base operator at the Garnett Airport as a flight instructor; teaching hundreds of students and accumulating more than 13,000 hours of flight time.
Roy married Carol Uhrman Sept. 11, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wis. The union was blessed with four sons and one daughter. They later divorced.
Roy was a member of the Garnett V.F.W. Post No. 6397, Shriner’s in Kincaid, Kan., and the Garnett Lions Club.
He loved to travel with his best friend, Marguerite Ryman, spending much time in Branson, Mo., Ireland, Scotland, Hawaii, England and New Zealand.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee and Violet Baker; infant daughter, Melody Baker; five sisters, Mildred Drennen, Edna York, Eva Willard, Pearle Kellogg and Edie Stockard.
Survivors include his four sons, Roy Scott Baker, Richmond, Kan., Gerry Baker, Washington, Steve Baker and wife, Luanne, Ottawa, Kan., Jeff Baker and wife Lou, Ottawa, Kan.; one sister, Shirley Flenniken, Jasper, Mo.; six grandchildren, Cheryl, Jayson, Lynn, Adrian, Allison and Keaton; four great-granddaughters, Emree, Allie, Allisha and Reese; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.feuerbornfuneral.com