April 19, 2014
Harold Baker, 80, of Orange City, Iowa, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
Services were April 22 at First Reformed Church in Orange City with interment in West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.
Harold was born April 22, 1933, at Doon, Iowa, the son of John and Martha (Van Leeuwen) Baker. When he was 5, his family moved to Hospers.
On Sept. 9, 1953, he married Joyce Joann Van Engen at Ireton Christian Reformed Church. They made their home in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Ida Grove until 1962, when they settled at Maurice. From 1968-1987, they operated a gas station and café at Million Dollar Corner near Maurice. He then drove truck for Russell’s Ready-Mix in Orange City 20 years. In 2004, they moved to Orange City. He was currently a member of First Reformed Church in Orange City and a former member of First Reformed Church in Maurice.
Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years; four children, Deb den Hoed and Glenn (Cindy) Baker, all of Orange City; Linda (Ken) Boone of Boyden, and Don (Shari) Baker of Orange City; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marce (Stan) Kroese of Sioux Center; and Viny (Al) Van Roekel of Park Rapids, Minn.; four sisters-in-law, Geneva Hoolsema of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Jean (George) Veltema of Jenison, Mich.; Marlene (John) Natelborg of Grand Rapids and Carol (Jim) Van Wyhe of Ireton; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Don (Joann) Baker; a sister, Josephine (Ivy) Kenney; two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.