James E. "Jim" Baker

unknown - December 30, 2011

James E. "Jim" Baker, 88, of Mary's Home, died Friday, December 30, 2011, at Eldon Health Care. He was born June 11, 1923, in Hallsville, a son of Owen E. "Joe" Baker and Lena Richardson Baker, both deceased. On July 6, 1963, Jim was united in marriage in Columbia to Rose Smith Morris, who survives at their home. He was previously married to Helen Allen Southerland of New Franklin, deceased, and Norma Fay Nichols of Ashland, deceased. Jim attended Hallsville Public Schools, farmed and worked in CCC during World War II. He was a 62-year member of Union 513 Heavy Equipment Operators. He had worked on roads and highways and interstate highways throughout the state of Missouri, and worked on the Callaway Nuclear Plant. Baker Road at Brazito is named for him. Jim loved his family, heavy equipment trade, horses, mules and Westerns, and playing cards with his friends. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Jefferson City. Jim is also survived by two sons: Joe Baker (Juanita) of St. Martins and John W. Morris (Pat) of Harrisonville; two daughters: Betty Joe Herron (Bill) of Ashland and Bonnie Ahlstedt (Bob) of Monroe, Washington; daughter-in-law: Carla Morris of Mary's Home; one sister: Juanita Mustain (J.T.) of Ashland; two brothers: Earl Baker (Edna) and Carol Wayne Baker of Bridgeview, Illinois; 11 grandchildren: Billy Herron and Greg Herron (Kristin) of Columbia, Robert Ahlstedt (Shelley) of New Braunfels, Texas, Mark Ahlstedt (Courtney) of Issaquah, Washington, Jamie Morris (Kristan) and Jeremy Morris (Beth) of Jefferson City, Lucas Morris, Jenny Morris, Brett Morris, Maggie Morris, all of Mary's Home, Karly Schieder of Brooklyn, New York; nine great- grandchildren: Kylee, Jordan and Cole Ahlstedt, Lauren and Chad Herron, Macy, Daniel, Tyler and Nick Morris; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jim Morris of Mary's Home; a sister, Martha Groves of Centralia; a brother, Joe K. Baker; and two brothers in infancy. Jim lived a long and fruitful life and will be missed by all. Friends will be received from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, where funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Tom Mustain, Jim's nephew, officiating. Interment will follow in Our Lady of the Snows Cemetery, Mary's Home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main, (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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