John C. (Curt) Baker • November 18, 2020
John Curtis “Curt” Baker, 89, of Pensacola, FL, went to his heavenly home on November 18, 2020, after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
John was born to the late Charlie and Harriett (Farris) Baker, on July 17, 1931 in Bird, KY. As a young child, he and his family moved to London, KY where he graduated from high school. It was also there he attended church with his family, and accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 14. Shortly after graduation, John enlisted in the Air Force, and served in the Korean War. After his time in the service, he joined the civil service and served as a communications and electronics technician with the Army for 30 years. After retiring from civil service, he found a career in real estate, eventually moving to Pensacola, FL where he lived for the last 31 years.
John was usually a man of few words, but his actions spoke volumes of his loyalty and love, especially towards his family. He loved sports, and you could always count on him to cheer for his Kentucky Wildcats. He was always a worthy competitor- when he was younger it was baseball, basketball, golf or bowling, and then cards (Rook and Eucre were his favorites) and chess in his later years. He was always up for a game, and for spending time with family. He was known for his ever-present servant’s heart as he voluntarily coached ball teams, used his handyman talents to help a friend or stranger, and never hesitated to loan or give any of his tools or other possessions to anyone in need. His skills as a mechanic, electrician, and carpenter served him well to fix and build many things throughout his life, and he even flipped a few homes in his later years. He had an incredible green thumb, and was always planting and tending to his gardens. He was ever the storyteller, sharing of adventures of his sports heroes, of his time spent in the military, of the interesting things he encountered in his career, and later of tales about our family genealogy which he spent years researching.
He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is walking the streets of gold with his Creator, free of pain and struggle.
John is survived by his wife, Erma; his children he shares with Erma: his son, Eric Baker (wife, Valerie) and his daughter, JoAnna (Baker) Egerdahl (husband, Matt); his children he shares with his late wife, Alice Modean Baker: his sons Michael D Baker, Fred A Baker, John Chris Baker (wife, Laurie), and his daughter Brenda L Shaw; his grandchildren Joseph M Lemire, Joshua L Shaw, Jessie Heil, Brittany Baker, James Baker, Maddie Baker, Marin Baker, Liam Egerdahl, and Lana Egerdahl; his great-grandchildren Joseph Cameron Lemire, Natalee M Lemire, Emma Grace Shaw, Lily Rose Shaw, and Trent Barker; his brothers, Everett Baker, and Fred Baker (wife, Cherie); and his sisters Lorraine Boggs, and Rhoda Ralston (husband, Elwood). He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, and many other family members whom he dearly loved.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, William Albert Baker, Carson Baker, Aubrey Baker, Raymond Baker, James Elisha Baker, and David Baker; his sisters, Hazel Garlitz, Louise Whitaker; his son, James Randall Baker, and step-sons James J Heil and Lonnie D Baker.
A funeral service for John will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, with visitation beginning at 1:00 pm, and a graveside burial ceremony immediately following the service. Dr. Richard Meloy and his son-in-law, Pastor Matt Egerdahl will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars at www.vfw.org, while condolences and memories may be shared at www.pmgfuneralhome.com.
The family would like to thank so many friends and family as well as the church family at Faith Baptist Church of Pensacola, FL for their sincere love and compassionate care during this time.
You may watch the webcast live and/or for 90 days after day of service by entering this website address into one of the compatible browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a Windows computer/phone or Safari on an Apple Mac/iphone) and Adobe Flash Player is required.https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1103037 The password for viewing this webcast has been set to: 20256 This webcast cannot be accessed till 1:55pm on the day of the service. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at 850-529-6201 or Pensacola Memorial Gardens at 850-944-0355.
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