Orlie T. Baker

Died: Tue., Aug. 27, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 30, 2013
Location: Kendall Funeral Home

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM, Sat., Aug. 31, 2013
Location: United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Aug. 31, 2013
Location: United Methodist Church

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Dateline- Ferryville
Orlie T. Baker, age 98 of Ferryville passed away on Tuesday August 27,
2013 at his home in rural Ferryville. He was born on September 14, 1914
in Seneca Wisconsin.  The son of Clarence and Belle (Taylor) Baker. He
married Anne Preston on April 6, 1939 at the Little Brown Church in
Nashua Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 28, 2006. He is survived
by seven sons; Preston (Karen) Baker of Cottage Grove Wi., Sam (Marcia)(Suzie) Baker of Prairie du Chien, Clarence (CR) (Deanna) Baker of Eastman, Orlie (Tom) (Kim) Baker of Prairie du Chien, Harold Baker of
Viroqua, Kenneth (Marlene) Baker of Eastman, Benjamin (Julie) Baker of
West Salem. Four daughters; Belle Anne (Ed) Achenbach of Boscobel, Lana
(Harvey) Sheets of Seneca, Janet Baker (Mark Sprague) both of Sparta,
Patty (Steven) Kvigne of Ferryville. 37 Grandchildren 51
Great-Grandchildren, 10 Great-Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by his parents, a son Jonathan Baker, and a grandson Todd

Orlie was a graduate of UW-Madison and a member of the Delta Theta Sigma fraternity.  He was a farmer and a career educator who taught enduring lessons in the classroom, but also on the riverbanks or on a midnight coon hunting expedition.  He had a lifelong curiosity about and respect for nature which involved him in creating a variety of “projects”.

He became a radio personality with “Man on the Street” for WRCO Radio and the popularity of this program led to “Friendly Farmer of the Airway” on stations across Wisconsin and Iowa.  His speaking skills led to keynote speaker engagements, Master of Ceremonies for civic organizations and county fairs, and highly sought after lay speaker for churches throughout the area.  

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday August 31, 2013 at 1:00 P.M.
at the United Methodist Church in Boscobel. Pastor Stan Pegram and
Pastor Jonathan Baker officiating. Burial in the Boscobel Cemetery.
Friends may call on Friday August 30, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the
Kendall Funeral home in Boscobel and at the church on Saturday from
12:00 Noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials can
be given to the Seneca High School Scholarship Fund. On line condolence
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Robyn Flatten
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
Ben my friend,
I was so sad to hear about the passing of your dad. My prayers are with you and my heart goes out to you at this difficult time. I hope knowing that your dad is now with your mom and God gives you some peace. I can't be at the service but know I will be with you in spirit! Hang in there tough buddy. I'm ready to hear, "Good morning Sunshine!"

Gloria Wall
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
No written word can express the legend Orlie was to all. We listened to him for weather patterns, farming hints, local history....and enjoyed every second of what he had to say. He truly was a gentleman and his family is a great reflection of who he is and was. We are blessed with our memories.

JoAnn & Douglas Ferrel
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to you all. Your father will be sadly missed by many. Doug's time spent with your dad and family have always meant a lot to him and he has very kind memories. May God bless, JoAnn and Doug Ferrel.

Vicky (Shulka) Mezera
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
You have my deepest sympathy on the passing of Mr Baker. Years ago, he had a radio program on WPRE and when Orlie spoke, us kids were quiet so my dad could listen to what Orlie had to say. It didn't matter whether we were in the barn doing chores or in the house, when that program came on, dad turned the radio up...even the cows knew to keep quiet. Also years ago, CR used to be our substitute milk hauler. May he rest in peace as his work on Earth is now done.

Natalie & Glen Freymiller
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the Baker family. Orlie will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I have many memories of him in our little Methodist Church in Seneca as a strong Christian man, who always had a smile and warm hello. We have lost a wonderful friend, but our memories of him will live on and make us smile always.

Tim and Cindy Richardson
   Posted Thu August 29, 2013
Janet and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Orlie's passing. He was part of every morning as we were growing up, and it was only later that we met you. You have our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Your "old" friends, Tim and Cindy

Cindy Olson Daniels
   Posted Fri August 30, 2013
Dear Baker Family,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Some of my best memories of growing up include the Bakers being 'down the road'. Your mom and dad were the sweetest people on earth, and now the sweetest couple in heaven I am sure. The 'on air' goodbye your dad made when my dad passed is one of the most comforting things I hold on to. Love and sympathy, Cindy

Goldie Lomas Barlow
   Posted Sat August 31, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Matt, Goldie and Janie Barlow

Bob & Connie
   Posted Sat August 31, 2013
are thoughts are with you guys and your family.

Harvey and Mary Stuckey
   Posted Sat August 31, 2013
We will treasure our time with him and Anne at the Farmer's market. He always called me the little white girl and had names for my girls. We also remember waiting by the radio for him to come on. Our deepest sympathy goes to his big family. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Betty Atkinson
   Posted Sat August 31, 2013
Dear Baker family, John and I had the deepest respect for both your mom and dad. He did the Boscobel Implement ad over wpre radio for many years. He spoke at our church many times always with wit and wisdom!!We loved and admired them as did so many others. Now they are home together again! May God bless each and everyone of you with that "peace that passeth all understanding". Love and prayers, Betty and Oliver

Mike Frye
   Posted Mon September 02, 2013
My sympathy to the Baker family. I enjoyed listening to his WRCO radio programs many years ago when I lived in R.C.

Richard Von Haden
   Posted Mon September 02, 2013
Dear Baker family. I am sorry for your loss. It has been many years since I have been in contact with any of your family, but Orlie memories abound. He took me duck hunting for the first time and coon hunting for the first time. I was a good friend of Johnathan and one of his pall bearers. I never forgot him. My memories of Orlie include hunting and fishing in the lake and river at the farm outside of Boscobel and enjoying the farm life. Even with such a big family Tom Reid and I were always welcome and invited to dinner or stay overnight. We even got to help with chores, which we thought was fun for us city slickers.
He lived a long and fulfilled life and was a man to be remembered with pride and honor.

Byron L Degenhardt
   Posted Mon September 02, 2013
My sincerest condolences go out to the family & friends of Mr. Baker. An Icon has left the community but he left behind so much. Cherish those memories.

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