Truman Vance Baker, age 93, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011, in St. John's Hospital, Aurora, Missouri.
He was born September 23, 1917, in Mineral Springs, Missouri, the son of Everett and Mable (Owings) Baker. On May 23, 1942, he was united in marriage to Mary Frances Horine, who preceded him in death on March 9, 1999. Two daughters were born to this union. Surviving are their daughters, Ann Lassiter and her husband, Jim, of Cassville, Missouri, and Kay Norris and her husband, Gary, of Holiday Island, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Jon Maloney, Laura Alipio, Matt Cardin and Dinah Cardin; three great grandchildren, LeeAnn Maloney, Lydia Alipio and Noah Alipio.
On July 9, 1999, he married Phyllis (Hagood) Norman, who survives, along with her children, Cindy Norman, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bob Norman and his wife, Kathleen, and Laura Edington and her husband, Jerry, all of Miami, Oklahoma, their children and grandchildren; one brother, Laverne Baker, of Belton, Missouri; two sisters, Nadine Haddock, of Springfield, Colorado, and Ruth Tull, of Kansas City, Kansas; and nieces and nephews.
Truman grew up in the Mineral Springs area and received his education at Cassville, graduating from Cassville High School. He then attended SMS. During World War II he joined the United States Air Force, serving from 1943 until 1947 as a navigator. For a while he owned and operated The Corner Store, where Willis Insurance is now located. In 1957, Truman entered the banking business, remaining a banker until his retirement in 1980 and then became Chairman of the Freedom Bank Board. He developed Sunset Heights in Cassville. He was the instigator of the Cassville Little League Baseball program, coaching the Blues. He had served as President of the Cassville Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Church of Christ in Cassville. He started the first sand greens golf course in Cassville and was instrumental in building the present Cassville Golf Course. He was a long-time member of the Cassville Rotary Club and was the oldest Rotarian in Barry County. He is a Paul Harris Fellow. Some of his greatest joys in life were working on his farm and bird hunting.
Funeral services were held at 9:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 3, 2011, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rick Hendrix conducted the services. Burial with military honors was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville.
The family received friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cassville Rotary Club in memory of Truman Baker.
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