Greer Baker Went to Heaven on Thursday

Scott said it well:

My father reported in to the highest level of command today at 1740L. Godspeed SSGT Baker, you are missed.

We will all keep Julie, Scott, Sarah and Shawn and their families in our prayers, knowing that we will be one day reunited with Greer in heaven.

  • Visitation will be Friday, August 3 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at Houser-Millard Funeral Home (2613 West Main Street in Jefferson City)
  • Funeral Service will be at Saturday, August 4 at 10:00am at Faith Lutheran (2027 Industrial Drive in Jefferson City)
  • Internment to follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.

All of the detail are available on the Millard Family Chapels website, including the obituary, which I am going to include below.

Greer G. Baker, 69, of Jefferson City, passed away on Thursday July 26, 2018 at Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri. He was born on May 22, 1949; a son of the late Malcom “Keith” and Joy Baker of Little Rock, Arkansas. He was united in marriage to Julie Raina Howard at Faith Lutheran Church in Jefferson City on June 27, 1981.

Greer served in The U.S. Navy from 1969-1971 as Fire Control Technician with a rank of Petty Officer assigned to the USS Myles C. Fox Destroyer. As the Vietnam War wound down, his ship embarked on a goodwill tour of duty to South American countries that included coordinating naval exercises with various South American navies. He served in the Missouri Army National Guard 1982-1998. In 1991, the now Staff Sergeant Baker served in the 35th RAOC (Rear Action Operations Center) in Desert Shield operations while deployed to Desert Storm and based at King Khalid Military City in Saudi Arabia. After conclusion of the war, he joined the 1221st Transportation Division until retirement from the Guard.

Mr. Baker was employed in Jefferson City at various state agencies: Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education – Division of Disability Determinations; Missouri Dept. of Social Services – Division of Child Abuse and Neglect; Missouri Penitentiary where he taught adult basic education. He also taught history at Columbia College, worked at The Prenger Family Center, and was a former agent for Allstate Insurance Co. He retired from the Missouri Department of Corrections as a case worker at the Algoa Correctional Facility. Mr. Baker was a member of MENSA; a lifelong, avid, student of history; valued his military service openly and vigorously as a patriotic duty; and, was a lifetime member of The Elks. He attended Faith Lutheran Church in Jefferson City.

He is survived by his loving wife, three children: Master Sergeant, USAF, Scott Estes Baker and wife Sukanchana (Som) currently of Scott AFB, Swansea, Illinois; Sarah Renae Jones (RN, Capitol Region Medical Center) and husband Ryan; Shawn Keith Baker (RN, Capitol Region Medical Center) and his partner Jeromy Scott Layman all of Jefferson City, Missouri. He was especially proud of his five grandchildren: Matthew Thomas, Adam Jeffrey, Jonathan David Jones, Solomon Greer, and Samson Bowon Baker. Greer was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 3, 2018, at Houser-Millard Funeral Directors. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Tony Alter officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of expressions of sympathy, the family requests each person spend quality time with their own family and enjoy being together.

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