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Gerald J. Baker, Sr.

SENECA, Ill. — Mr. Gerald J. Baker, Sr., 87, of Seneca, Ill., passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Morris Hospital.

Born May 4, 1924 in Kinsman, Ill., Gerald was the son of Jesse George and Mary (Rosendahl) Baker. He married Margaret Hanson Aug. 18, 1946, at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Ill.

Gerald was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He was a farmer and also owned and operated a construction business. He was very active in service to the Lord.  Also, in 1951, he was the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Presidents’ Award.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; three daughters, Jane Baker of Oak Park, Ill., Carol Baker of Antioch, Ill., and Paula Larsen of Seneca; one son, Gerald J. (Kathy) Baker, Jr., of Seneca; eight grandchildren, Matthew (Andrea) Halterman, Ryan Halterman, Brian (Sarah) Borchelt, Scott and Andrew Larsen, Anna, Sean and Molly Baker; and two great-grandchildren, Ian and Amelia Halterman.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Baker.

A funeral service for Gerald will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Seneca. Rev. Kris Zierke will officiate.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home in Seneca and one hour prior to service Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the church.

Cremation rites will be accorded following services.

Memorials may be directed Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch-Girlstown U.S.A. & Family Resource Centers.

The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.ottawafuneralhome.com.

Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home, 135 Lincoln St, P.O. Box 318, Seneca, Ill., 61360, is in charge of arrangements.

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