James Andrew Baker, age 78, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Stillwater Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.
There will be a viewing at the Palmer Funeral Home in Cushing on Tuesday. Viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
James was born in Schlegel on June 27, 1934, to Henry and Dicy Mable (Webb) Baker. He moved to Cushing in 1944 and graduated from Cushing High School in 1952.
James owned and operated Baker Drywall from 1952 to 1985. He worked as Project Manager for Continental Concrete from 1985 to 1995. James also worked as Project Manager for BJP Enterprises in Guthrie from 1995 to 2006. In 2006 to present, he was an associate with Infinity Metering in Claremore.
James enjoyed the outdoors especially when hunting and trout fishing. His favorite place was Roaring River in Missouri which was his ancestral home state. He also enjoyed time on his tractor.
James married Isabelle G. Whan in 1952. They had three sons, Carl Irvin, James Daniel and David Wayne. He later married Cathy Lynn Beckner in 1985. They had a son, James Austin and a daughter, Destiny Nicole’.
James is preceded in death by both parents, Henry Baker and Dicy Mable Woodall, and step-father Thomas D. Woodall.
He is survived by his loving wife Cathy of 27 years, sons Carl and wife Susan of Cushing, James Daniel and Christy of Cushing, David Wayne of Stillwater, and James Austin and his wife Rachael of Mo.; one daughter Destiny Nicole’ Baker and Tim Bertucci of Cushing; one sister Anna Faye Crites and husband Paul of Broken Arrow. One Uncle HB Webb and his wife Lenore of Cushing.
He is also survived by grandchildren Brian Christopher Baker and wife Cheri of Texas, Tyler James Baker, Morgan Elizabeth Baker and Malea Tatiana Baker of Missouri, Jordan Nicole, Taylor Lynn, Isis Nicole, and Kira Dawn of Cushing, Gavin Baker of Cushing, Niquita, Allison Riley, and Camber Clenney. Surviving great grandchildren are Kaylee Lane Baker and Ethan Alexander Baker of Texas, Kaylynn Marie Roberts, Kayden Allen Roberts and Kenzie. Condolences and online guest book and video are available at www.palmermarlerfh.com.