Harold Baker

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Harold Lloyd Baker, 95, was born December 21, 1928, in Levan Township, IL to Homer and Helen, nee Pulcher, Baker. Harold had five siblings, Donald, Doris, Beulah Mae, Virgil, and Henry.  In 1951, Harold began working for General Motors in St. Louis, MO and lived for a brief time in St. Louis. He moved to Belleville, IL shortly after his marriage to Elizabeth Louise Schmelzel on August 29, 1953. They had one son, Bruce.  Harold retired from General Motors when the plant closed in 1986. In his retirement, Harold enjoyed “playing” with his tractors, both restoring them and doing yard work. Well into his eighties, Harold could be found volunteering his expertise at grading tracts of land for new and established Kingdom Halls in Central and Southern Illinois. Harold’s first wife, Liz, died August 31, 1988, and Harold married her sister, Maxine Mathilda Schmelzel Hoepker, on March 11, 1989. Harold was a member of the North Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Belleville, IL. Harold died February 13, 2024, surrounded by his loving family and friends at his residence.

Through our study of the Bible and the promises found there, we eagerly anticipate seeing Harold again when he is resurrected into the promised earthly paradise, where we will no longer have cause to worry because Jehovah, our God, has promised perfect health, racial and ethnic unity, abundant food, ample housing, satisfying work, real peace and security, and eternal life.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Baker (1909 – 2010) and Helen Baker, nee Pulcher (1909 – 2006), his first wife, Elizabeth Louise Baker, nee Schmelzel (1932 – 1988), his second wife, Maxine Mathilda Hoepker Baker, nee Schmelzel (1928 – 2014), his brother, Donald (1931 – 2009), his brother, Virgil (1935 – 2022), and his sister, Beulah Mae Sandidge (1934 – 2022).

Harold is survived by his son, Bruce (Lisa Hawkins) Baker, his sister, Doris (Robert) Bates, his brother, Henry Baker, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to North Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3187 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL, 62221, or made online by going to JW.org > Donate or donate.jw.org. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3187 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL, where a visitation with the family will take place for one hour prior to the service.

A private burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


5 Comments on Harold Baker

Erma Hopping said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2024 at 2:09 PM

To Bruce and Lisa. Doris and Henry and family. I’m so sorry you lost Harold. May Jehovah comfort you until the future when Harold will be brought back to join all his loved ones.. we have always been family and have lost a majority of our families but in the future we will regain them all praise to our God Jehovah and his son…Erma

  • Morton
  • Il
Brenda Williamson (Yates) said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2024 at 2:05 PM

Mr Baker was my neighbor back in the day I remember he used his front loader to dig out dead end street and our drive way. He was always willing to help anyone. Bruce I'm so sorry for your loss. my deepest condolence to you and your family. prayers for strength as you all go through this hard time. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Belleville
  • IL
Janet M Thrasher said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2024 at 1:39 PM

so sorry to hear about Harold. Jaye Sandidge was my Aunt-in-law. I know all your lovely family. Bruce you did some work out here for us once. May he rest in peace...

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Virgie and Don Blue said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2024 at 12:56 PM

Brother Baker ..."We will always remember your smile, and the love you showed Us All Our Dear Brother" ... We love You, and YOU will be sorely missed!! Our Resurrection Hope gives us so much to look forward to ... YES we will see Our Dear Loved Ones again!!! 💙😢💙 John 5:28, 29a Revelation 21:4, 5 💙😢💙 click below: https://www.jw.org/finderwtlocale=E&docid=1014296&srcid=share

  • Cahokia Heights
  • Illinois
Mary Ann Wilson said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2024 at 12:38 PM

In life we meet all kinds of people, each unique in their own way, Harold Baker was unique in EVERY way!😉 I saw his weaknesses and his strengths, and for each I was grateful to Jehovah to learn from those experiences and to perhaps give HB another way to view things too. In this life I will miss you Harold (Walter) Baker, and in the promise of our prize at the end of this race, I’m gonna find you so we can both say I WON! Rest in peace Harold. Your longevity was definitely a blessing! I refuse to say “ good-bye” because I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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