|James H. Baker Jr.|
James H. Baker Jr. of Manhattan, IL passed away Monday, Dec.31, 2012 at home with his loving family at his side. He was born April 23, 1927 in Custer Park, IL.
James and Norma were married on Aug. 20, 1950. James farmed for 42 years in Wilton Township. He was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau and a member of the Wilton Center Federated Church where he held several offices, Mr. and Mrs. Euchre Club. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren, farming, fishing, traveling, bowling, playing cards, and being with friends.
James is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, N. Jean (nee Hidlebaugh), two sons, Kenneth (Robin) of Stillwater, OK and James III (Mary) of New Lenox, IL; three daughters, Debra Harrier of Zionsville, IN; Nancy (John) Long of Wilmington and Karen Baker of Manhattan; 11 grandchildren: Amy (Aaron) Mashburn, Benjamin (Katie) Baker, Sarah (Matt) Hooper, Gina (Rob) Miller, David Baker, Lisa Baker, Ashley (Mia) Harrier, Kara (Ryan) Ridner, Becky (Gary) Harvell, Dan (Katie) Long, Kristin (Jason) Barnett, nine great-grandchildren: Madelyn, Victoria, Noah, Eli, Killian, Jade, Hannah, Haley and Brooklyn; one brother, Joe Baker of Peotone, IL; one sister-in-law Marcella Nicholson of Joliet; his faithful companion, Jay and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Sr. and Elizabeth (nee Howatt) Baker; grandson, Joshua Baker; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Basil Crutchfield and sister-in-law, Mary Baker.
Funeral services for James H. Baker Jr. will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at Wilton Center Federated Church, Wilton Center with Pastor Judy Sherk officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 3-8 p.m. at Forsythe Funeral Home in Manhattan. Interment will be at Wilton Cemetery, Wilton Center.
Memorials in James's name to Wilton Center Federated Church or Joliet Area Community Hospice would be appreciated.
Family and friends can sign the online guestbook at www.forsythefuneralhome.com.
Forsythe Funeral Home, 507 S. State St., Manhattan is in charge of arrangements.