Robert Jerome Baker

Born: Fri., May 2, 1924
Died: Wed., Jul. 5, 2017


10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Sat., Jul. 08, 2017
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Sat., Jul. 08, 2017
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

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Robert Jerome Baker, 93 of Petersburg, formerly of New Canton passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  Robert was born on May 2, 1924 in New Canton, a son of Jerome and Grace Earls Baker.  He married Shirley Hoskins on November 18, 1944; she preceded him in death on December 26, 1999.

In earlier years Robert worked for the Holsom Company as a heavy equipment operator.  While a resident at the Countryside Estates in Petersburg Robert became their ambassador and director of traffic. He attended the Pittsfield Nazarene Church and was a member of the New Canton Fire Department.  Robert was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, enjoyed fishing, had a love for cars and enjoyed hanging out at Pike County Glass.  In earlier years Robert bowled on the Sheppard Electronic bowling team and was considered a very good bowler. He and Shirley enjoyed camping and traveling in their motor home in earlier years.  Robert was a great conversationalist.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Bonnie (Phillip "Bud") Megehe of Petersburg; two granddaughters, Melissa (Greg) Lange of Hume, IL and Stephanie (Tim) Sheppard of Elgin, IL; seven great-grandchildren, Alex Staggenborg of Springfield; Mary Grace Staggenborg of Nashville, TN; Anna Noel Staggenborg of Edwardsville; Thomas Staggenborg of Silver Springs, MD; Simon Sheppard, Samuel Sheppard, and Gwendolyn Sheppard all of Elgin and a sister, Shirley (Cecil) Moore of Quincy.  Robert was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Shirley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry with Larry Vaughn officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Shearer Cemetery near New Canton.

Memorials are suggested to be made to the Athens Christian Church.  Condolences may be sent to the family at  The Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is handling the service

Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organization:

Athens Christian Church

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Clark Davis
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017


Rest In Peace Uncle Bob. With condolences and love to all our family who we can't be with today. God bless you all. Clark and Sue.

Charles & Marita Wernowsky
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Bonnie, please accept our sincere condolence upon the loss of your father Robert Jerome Baker. Charles & Marita

Cheryl Horton
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Bonnie and family - I am so sorry for your loss My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Gail Holthaus
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Bonnie, I am so sorry for the loss of your father, he was a very kind man. It has been many years since I last saw him but will always remember him fondly. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

Jim and Karen Bernard
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Aunt Bonnie, Jim and I are so saddened at the loss of your father. We remember peeling potatoes and snapping green beans at the firehouse for the annual chicken fry each year with your dad. Love to you and Uncle Bud, the girls and grandkids. Love Jimmy and Karen Bernard

Steven Gutierrez
   Posted Sat July 08, 2017
Bonnie I'm so sorry for your loss. May he rest in perfect peace with the Lord and may you be comforted by our Lord.

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