Donald Baker Sr. (1934 – 2017)

Donald R. Baker Sr., age 82 of Lyons, passed away at the Toledo Hospital on Monday, September 18, 2017.

He was born in Only, TN on October 30, 1934 the late Farris Baker Sr. and Lillian (Brake) Baker. Don graduated from Hickman County School in Centerville, TN.

On December 19, 1954 he married Bonnie “Jewell” Thompson and they shared 62 years together until her passing on March 20, 2017.
For over 35 years Don worked for the International Union of Operating Engineers as a heavy equipment operator for S.E. Johnson now called Shelley. Don enjoyed cutting firewood, gardening and most of spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by children, Patrick Lynn Baker, Donna (Kevin) Neifer, Gloria Baker, Donald Ray (Ann) Baker, Jr. and Sheldon Baker; thirteen grandchildren, Joe, Mark, Jeremy, Jamie, Katie Jo, Lindsey, Jenna, Kyle, Ashlee, Logan, Hudson, Lillian and Stephen; twenty-two great-grandchildren; four brothers and three sisters.

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