Thursday, January 14, 2010

Andrew Joe Baker, 78, of Rocky Comfort, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville.

He was born Feb. 14, 1931, in Exeter, Calif., the son of A.F. and Jewell (Patton) Baker. On Nov. 18, 1977, in Washburn, he was united in marriage to Velma (Nodine) Snook, who survives.

Additional survivors include: one daughter, Donna Clark and her husband, Randy, of Mt. Vernon; two step-daughters, Georgia Dalton, of Washburn, and Karen Howard, of Tulsa, Okla.; two stepsons, Bobby Snook, of Kansas City, and Norman Snook, of Osborne, Kan.; one brother, Edwin Baker, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

He received his education in Stockton, Calif. In Nov. 1947, he moved with his family from California to Rocky Comfort. He began working with his dad and Bill Bower, Perry Utter and Stanley Ford, catching chickens. In 1952, he moved back to California, working one year in a steel mill in Pittsburg, Calif. He then returned to Missouri and worked for a marble plant in Carthage and later was employed at Northwestern Poultry in the maintenance department.

Funeral services were held Monday in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Tony Intessimone conducted the services. Burial was at Rocky Comfort Cemetery.

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