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Robert LeRoy Baker, 89, of Sweet Springs, Mo., passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Sweet Springs Villa. He was born in Marshall, May 31, 1922, the only child of Roy Edward Baker and Ada Frances Carter. On May 31, 1941, he married the brown eyed girl he'd met at a birthday party when she was 6 and he was 9, Betty Lou Anderson. They so enjoyed the community celebration of their 70th anniversary this year. Bob was well known for his pitching abilities for the Sweet Springs Merchants teams. This was before and after his enlistment in the Navy and welding in the shipyards in California. His years as foreman at the International Shoe Company well prepared him to accept a management position with The Trojan Luggage Company in Memphis, Tennessee in 1955. He was honored with special recognition by the Sears & Roebuck Company, for outstanding workmanship for them. An honor they bestowed on less than 1% of the 20,000 companies that manufactured products for them. He continued pitching for the Trojan Luggage company in the early 1970's. With the illness of his mother in 1974, he returned to Sweet Springs and opened Bob's Auto Care and detailed vehicles for area new and used car dealers. He was a Sunday School Superintendent and member of Sweet Springs Baptist Church. He had two daughters, Sherry (Charles R. Glenn) Sweet Springs and Denise (Herschel L. McMillen) Jefferson City, Mo. He had eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five step- grandchildren; 13 step-great- grandchildren and seven step- great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter and, by only 12 hours, their beloved sister-in- law, (Lois) Darline Scrivner Anderson. A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Sweet Springs. Memorial graveside services with full military rites will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church World Hunger Fund and an online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com
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