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Rodney Lee Baker

January 21, 1935 July 19, 2018
Rodney Lee Baker
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Obituary for Rodney Lee Baker

Rodney Lee Baker, age 83, of Sturgis, Michigan passed away peacefully on Thursday July 19, 2018 in his home surrounded by his family.
He was born January 21, 1935, in Three Rivers, a son of Owen O. and Myrtle(Ketchum) Baker. He married Emily Hrdlovich in 1957.
Rodney resided most of his life in the Sturgis area with the exception of a time of employment in West Virginia and Pennsylvania early in his career. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1952 and received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1956.
He was president of Key Industries, a builder of mobile homes, from 1966-1976. In 1976, he was able to pursue his love of farming and livestock on a full-time basis. He enjoyed working with pork and Angus beef production and continued to do so until his death.
As a young man he enjoyed hunting and in later years, woodworking, Lawrence Welk shows, Western movies, and especially taking walks along the river with “Mickey”.
He was a member of Meridian Sun-Eagle Lodge # 49 F&AM and the Sturgis Shrine Club.
Rodney is survived by his wife Emily, three children, Pamela(Doug) Cronkhite of Sturgis, Raymond(Sandra) Baker of Howe, and Jeannine(Mark) Schuurmans of Byron Center, Mi. Sister-in-law Sharon Baker and niece Julie Baker Parsons, nephew's wife, Kim Baker of Sturgis. Grandchildren: Kara(Steve) Hahn, Tressa(Travis) Crosman, Brianna(Darren) Watts, Richard(Cody) Baker, Jennifer(William) Nofziger and Claire Schuurmans and Grace Schuurmans. His step-grandchildren Lucas(Carol) Cronkhite, Lexi(Matt) Vargo and Vivian(Kevin) Mullen and his 16 great-grandchildren.
Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dennis and nephews Bradley and Mitchell and his beloved dog “Mickey”.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Wednesday July 25th from 4:00-8:00 pm at Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284 where a Masonic Memorial service will begin at 8:00 P.M. Wednesday.
The Funeral Service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Sturgis at 11:00am Thursday July 26th, followed by his burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. The Rev. Canon David Evans will officiate.
Memorial donations would be appreciated to Hospice of Sturgis, P.O, Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091 or St. John's Episcopal Church. 110 S. Clay St., Sturgis, MI 49091.
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4:00 PM 7/25/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/25/2018 8:00:00 PM
Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes

807 E. Chicago Rd
Sturgis, MI 49091

Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes
807 E. Chicago Rd Sturgis 49091 MI
United States





11:00 AM 7/26/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Episcopal Church

110 S. Clay Street
Sturgis, MI 49091

St. John's Episcopal Church
110 S. Clay Street Sturgis 49091 MI
United States

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Oak Lawn Cemetery Final Resting Place

300 E. South Street
Sturgis, Michigan 49091

300 E. South Street Sturgis 49091 Michigan
United States

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