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William A. Baker, 91, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018 in his home. Born on February 17, 1927, in Dekalb, the son of Claud and Evelyn (Aspengren) Baker. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps. Bill married Doris Mae Osberg on October 22, 1949. She predeceased him on February 22, 2018. He worked as an office manager at DelMonte and after retirement in 1984 he returned to work in Building Services for NIU. Bill was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rochelle where he was a past Treasurer, Secretary, and financial secretary for 16 years, an Elder, and involved in many other church council. He enjoyed traveling, art, music and attending almost all of Rochelle High School's football games. Bill will be remembered as a man who loved to talk to just about anybody he met.
Survived by his son, David (Yvonne) Baker; daughter, Karen Armstrong; grandchildren, Kyle (Melissa), Eric (Tabitha),Claire (Ian), Adrienne (Mark), Jenna (Tim) and Jamie; great-grandchildren, Cian, Kiley, Lily, Finn, Hera, Juno and Lindy; sister, Phyllis Johnson; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his loving wife Doris of 67 years; and his son, Eugene D. Baker
Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, March, 10, 2018 in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave., Rockford. Private burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1415 10th Ave., Rochelle, Il 61068.

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  1. Sandy and Matt Mace

    We are so sorry to hear of Bill and Doris's passing. We lived across the street from them in Rochelle for 30+ years and came to know them quite well. Bill would often come over in the summer to sit on the porch and talk with Matt (and sometimes share a beer together). Doris and I would often catch up in conversation in their front yard. They were wonderful neighbors who would often look out for our house when we were gone on vacation. One time, about 10 years ago, Bill called us while we were gone and said we had a large box in the driveway, never telling me how large. I told him the combo to get into the garage and he pulled it in. I was totally shocked when I got home and saw the size and weight of the box he had was a 42 inch tv which I had won! What a man. I am sorry to say that we have been in and out of town on two different trips and have missed both of their deaths. Consequently we did not make it to any of the visitations or funerals. But please believe me when I say they will be greatly missed by us and many people on this earth. May their memory live on in their children, grandchildren, great-grandchilden and on down the line. Sincerely, Sandy and Matt Mace

  2. Shelley Swanson

    Uncle Bill. I so enjoyed having such a super nice Uncle. Always a smile no matter what we talked about. I will miss this great Uncle.

  3. Noel allison

    I'm so sorry to hear about the lost of your parents. They were good friends and neighbors. I enjoyed working with both of them at Del Monte. I will always remember the good times we had as families on Shirley avenue.

  4. Darlene DeMoss

    I am praying for you and your family. May the peace of God keep you during this difficult time.

  5. Richard Palmer

    David and Karen, I'm so sorry for your loss of Bill, so soon after Doris. Bill was truly my long-time dear friend. We first met in 1955 at Del Monte and shared many good times over the years. We golfed, bowled, attended high school football games, and bragged about our families often. I'm sure Bill and Doris are together again. May God comfort you now.

  6. Rev. Timothy Frick

    So sorry to hear of Bill's passing, and so soon after Doris' home-going. they are both safe with the Lord, in the loving arms of their Savior. Find your comfort in Him, and the joyous memories you share. Blessings to all!

  7. Robin Gallant

    David, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad is with your mom and they are together again. I hope the following brings you some solace. I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

  8. Connie Saverine

    Uncle Bill and Aunt Doris, Two of the nicest people will be missed by all. His jokes, her smile and updates on grandchildren, I hope I can fulfill a life of purpose like them. Love Connie and Ralph and our family

  9. John Swanson

    I really enjoyed my discussions with Bill. God Bless.

  10. Linda Smith and family

    So thinking of you! Prayers sent your way!

  11. Mary & Bruce Watson

    We are sorry for the loss of Doris and now, so shortly afterwards, Bill. They were wonderful neighbors to our daughter. We'll always remember Bill and his very friendly and kind ways and smile. We feel grateful to have gotten to know him. Even though I know it's painful to lose such dear people so close together, I can see it being a blessing that they didn't have to live too long apart from each other on this earth.

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