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Samuel Wilie Baker was born November 8, 1961 in Allendale, MO to Loren and Edna (Roach) Baker. He departed this life July 1, 2022 after a long illness. Sam resided in Grant City, MO with his youngest son, Willie Baker.
Sam lived a short time in Mount Ayr, IA. Where he married his first wife, Cheryl Roach, in 1980. To this union there was one son born, Billy Jo Baker.
In 1983 Sam received a job and moved to Rockland WI, where he met longtime partner, Wendy Betsinger. To that relationship there was two more children born, Heather Kay and Matthew Lee.
He also went on to be blessed with another son, Brandon.
Sam worked for a lumber mill where he severely injured his back. After leaving there he met Pamela Anderson who he married and had another son, Wyatt. Sam was blessed and proud to be able to build a beautiful house with his own hands for his family.
When marriage ended Sam moved to Minneapolis, MN to live with his sister, Darlene. There he met Renea Crandell. She brought with her a son, Bobby, and daughter, Breanna. Shortly after entering into a relationship, they moved to Redding, IA where they lived with his mother, Edna. They cared for her and her home while working on a local farm. With his pain he shortly retired making his mother’s place his home. To this union they were blessed with the last of his children, a son, Willie.
In 2016 tragedy hit him with the loss of his wife, daughter and injuries Willie sustained. Along with other family lives lost that day. At this time, he accepted Christ as his Savior. In 2018 he married Jodi Lawrence. As he continued to take care of everything related to the tragedy, he was so overwhelmed and the disease had taken control of his life. His journey ended July 1, 2022.
Preceding him in death are is parents, Loren and Edna Baker; grandparents, Jesse and Lucy Roach, Bill, Gertrude and Lena Baker; infant brother; partner, Wendy Betsinger, wife, Renea Baker, and daughter, Breanna.
To the family and many friends Sam will be remembered for his mother’s beautiful blue eyes and his crazy resemblance to his dad. Sam loved to socialize with friend and family, teasing the kids. He kept busy building, remodeling and working on cars among other things.
Sam’s disease got in the way of his showing his love to some, but it was well known by his close friends and family he desired the love acceptance of his family.
He truly did love all his kids as he talked about all of them often. If he had the ability to go back and mend relationships he would have. It just wasn’t always achievable for him. If Sam had only one thing left to say to his children it would be: HE LOVED THEM!
Samuel Willie Baker leaves behind six sons: Billy Jo Baker and wife, Carrie, children: Lilly, Shane, Payton, Able, Michael, Miranda and Madison Banks of AR, Matthew Baker of MN, Brandon Ebert and family of WI, Wyatt Baker of WI, Bobby Baker of Redding, IA, Willie Baker of Grant City, MO; daughter, Heather Kay Soucek husband, Jason, children, Kaysen, Kole and Ely of WI; nine siblings: Gary Baker and wife, Trena, Decatur, IL, Larry Baker and wife, Rose, Grant City, MO, Jerry Baker and wife, Bonny, Bedford, IA, Frank Baker and wife, Bonnie, Redding, IA, Esther Templeton and husband, Mick, Corning, IA, Ruth Lynch and husband, Mike, Redding, IA, Barbra Baker Mount Ayr, IA, Lorna Baker, West Chester, OH, Darlene Baker, New Brighton, MN. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services were at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO with burial at the Kirk Cemetery in Allendale. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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