SUBLETTE – Cecil W. Baker, 85, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at Bethel Home Inc. in Montezuma.
He was born May 4, 1924, to John and Vernie (McClaughlin) Baker in Phillips County.
He married Billie Marie Kingery June 12, 1943, in Phillipsburg. She preceded him in death.
He graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 2002.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He owned and operated Baker’s A & W Drive In in Garden City for many years. He built the Western State Bank. He was the mayor of Garden City in 1974.
He was a member of the Community Congregational Church in Garden City and was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner.
He enjoyed, camping, attending most of Sublette’s sports activities and going to Manhattan to watch Shalee Lehning play college basketball.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Cecil Baker and wife, Linda, Garden City, and Richard Reno Baker and wife, Mary Gail, Sublette; two daughters, Treva Grotelueschen and husband, Larry, Swanton, Ohio, and Kathy Sue Robson and husband, Sublette; one sister, Betty Austin, Scott City; 17 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Lynn Ann Duvall; and one sister, Viola Benedict.
o Military graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City with Dr. Bill Thomas presiding.
Military honors will be conducted by the Garden City Area Veterans Honor Guard.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Haskell County Funeral Home with the family receiving friends at 1 p.m. at the Convention Center in Garden City.
Memorials are suggested to Bethel Home Inc. of Montezuma and may be mailed to Haskell County Funeral Home, Box 607, Sublette, KS 67877.