Lyle Marvin Baker, age 73, of Mt. Sterling, Illinois passed away at 7:32 p.m. on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at his residence.
He was born March 12, 1948 in Beardstown, Illinois the son of Everett Albert and Georgia Lillian Dieterich Baker. He married Sharon Jeanne Floyd on January 9, 1965 in Beardstown, Illinois and she survives.
Mr. Baker worked as a correctional officer at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt. Sterling for 20 years, retiring in 2008.
He attended Beardstown and Brown County schools.
Mr. Baker served his country for over 30 years in the United States Army and the Illinois National Guard and was proud of the fact that he volunteered for three tours of duty in Vietnam.
Lyle was a true nature lover who always enjoyed mushroom hunting, deer hunting and hand fishing. He also enjoyed collecting cars, especially muscle cars and jeeps, having owned many of them over the years. Lyle was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife Sharon Baker of Mt. Sterling, Illinois. 3 children Julie Ann Mellema (Dutch) of Beavercreek, Ohio, Jason Wayne Baker and Chad Everett Baker (Cherryle) all of Meredosia, Illinois. 1 granddaughter Lauren Ashley Mellema of Beavercreek, Ohio, 1 sister Beulah Butler of Versailles, Illinois also survives along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step father, Raymond Martin, 1 son Jamie Alan Baker, 1 brother Everett Leroy “Shorty” Baker, 5 sisters Bonnie Culves, Mardilee Lawson, Margie Koenig, Lillian Jones and Ruthie Vandeventer. He was also preceded in death by a special uncle, Lyle “Pete” Dieterich.
Joint memorial services for Lyle Marvin Baker of Mt. Sterling, who passed away on February 6, 2022, and his mother Georgia Lillian Baker of Versailles, Illinois, who passed away on December 2, 2012, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2022 in the Versailles West Side Cemetery with Pastor Matt Haberman officiating.
Military honors for Lyle will be conducted by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail and the Mt. Sterling American Legion Post # 374.
Casual attire is suggested for those attending the services.
Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Senior Center and may be left at or mailed to the Hendricker Funeral Home, 406 South Capitol Avenue, Mt. Sterling, Illinois 62353.
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The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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