July 10, 1934 - October 19, 2015


Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Tom L. Baker, age 81, who passed away Monday at his home. Rev. Paul Cloeter will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church.

Tom was born July 10, 1934 in Rice to Lyle & Lucille (Apmann) Baker. He married Rhea Koepp on April 6, 1956 and Rhea passed away in 1962. He married Verla (Wirth) Proch on June 7, 1970 and they divorced in 1991. Tom lived in the Rice area since 1991 and owned and operated over 31 bars in Minnesota. He enjoyed spending time in Las Vegas, riding his Harley, and attending biking events. Tom was an avid firearm and antique collector, and an investor of real estate. He was a loving, friendly person who was the life of the party and always made others feel special. Tom will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his children, Nannette “Nan” Fitch of Fort Ripley, Cinde (Jeffrey Warrick) Baker of Nisswa, Joel of Duluth, Kyle (Lonnie) of Elk River, and Jason (Renee) of St. Augusta; sister, Cathy Engstrom of Maple Grove; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rhea in 1962; son, Devon; and sister, Shirley Hegwood.