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Richard Alan Baker

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 8:36 a.m. CST

GARDNER, Ill. — Mr. Richard Alan Baker, 57, of Gardner, Ill., passed away Friday afternoon, May 17, 2013, at ASTA Care Center of Pontiac.

Born April 25, 1956 in Morris, Richard was a son of the late Charles Clinton and Lois Matte Hinthorn-Baker. He worked as a meat cutter for Sowers Grocery Storein Gardner and Testa's in Coal City, prior to gaining employment as a caregiver at the Fox Developmental Center in Dwight.

Rich was a great Chicago Cubs fan, as well as enjoyed all Chicago sports. He was an avid reader and dearly loved his pets, especially his dogs Petie, Matte and Baby.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela, whom he married July 17, 2003, in Key West, Fla.; one son, Ty Baker; two step-daughters, Jennifer (Aiden James) Crowe and Tara (Oliver) Sabugal; two grandchildren, Ella Veronica Sabugal and Aiden James Crowe; three brothers and two sisters, Dennis (Vicki) Baker and Terry (Barb) Baker, both of Gardner, Brenda (Mike) Foster of Knoxville, Tenn., Tricia (Keith) Hockings of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Steve (Joann) Baker of Gardner; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Pamela Lynn (1959).

Visitation and video tribute will be held Tuesday, May 21, from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 6 p.m. in Reeves Funeral Home, 203 Liberty St., in downtown Gardner. Pastor Jan Chandler from the Church of Hope will officiate.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Rich's memory to an animal humane charity of the donor's choice.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to the family by logging onto

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes Ltd. in Gardner. For additional information, call (815) 237-2526.

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