In Loving Memory

Robert Lee Baker

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September 28th, 1949 - August 22nd, 2012


Tuesday, August 28th, 2012   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

South Crysler Restoration Branch,
16101 E. Salisbury Rd.,
MO 64055


Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 10:00 AM

South Crysler Restoration Branch,
16101 E. Salisbury Rd.,
MO 64055


Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Mound Grove Cemetery,
1818 North River Blvd,
Independence MO 64050


Robert Lee “Bob” Baker, age 62, of Independence, Missouri, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at the family home. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 28th, from 6-8pm at South Crysler Restoration Branch, 16101 E. Salisbury Rd. in Independence. Funeral services will be at 10:00am the next day at the church with burial at Mound Grove Cemetery immediately following. Bob was preceded in death by brother, Ollie Bratton and sister, Beverly Baker. He is survived by his wife, Paulette; sons: Bryan (Kristina), Chris, and Josh (Erin); daughter, Tina Alstatt (Jeff); 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild on the way; brothers: Roger (Marian) Bratton, Raymond (Cynthia), and Richard; sister, Marge (Ron) Hayden; nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

Bob was a “jack of all trades,” having previously worked at a dental lab, owned a dry cleaners, worked as project manager for Mobile Video surveying, custodian in the Independence Public School District, and as a bail bondsman. While working for the Independence Public School District, Bob was named the Classified Employee of the month February, 2001, and Classified Employee of the Year for 2001 prior to his retirement. Bob was proud to have been custodian at Bryant Elementary when it was the only school to ever receive the Independence Neighborhood Beautification Award. In prior years, Bob served as president of Independence Sertoma, the Soccer Association of Independence, and Independence 76 Fire Club. Bob loved watching his sons play baseball and football, and was soccer coach for both Chris and Josh.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Independence School District Foundation for either the Bob Baker Firefighter Academy Scholarship or the Bob and Paulette Baker John W. Luff School Scholarship. Donations may also be made to the Pancreatic Action Network online at


  • Thu, Aug 30th, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    To Bob's Family,
    I am sorry to learn of Bob's passing and your loss. I feel fortunate to have known Bob and his family. Bob was a good man who gave of himself to his family, friends and community. I send all of you my best wishes.

    Jerry L. Hall, Holt, Mo

  • Wed, Aug 29th, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles,so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." Corinthians 1:3- 4 The memories of things Bob did and said, will keep him close to all of you through the days. Prayers and love are with you always....

    cynthia baker, jonesboro ga 30236

  • Mon, Aug 27th, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Dear Paulette,
    I am so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. I know of some of your feelings since we lost my dad about 3 years ago. Whatever you are feeling, it is okay! I love you dear friend and if there is anything I can do, just call me!

    Nancy Piedimonte, Lees Summit

  • Mon, Aug 27th, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Sorry to hear about you lost of your brother Margie. I no he will be sadly missed, by his Family and his friends
    God bless you and all the family. May Bob RIP.
    AS he is another star in the sky shinning like Gods angels.

    Don @ Jane Backes

    Mrs.Jane Backes, Jefferson City, Mo.

  • Mon, Aug 27th, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Dear Paulette,
    I want to extend my most heartfelt sympathies to you and your family.
    The entire community of Independence will mourn Mr. Bob. He was a most generous and giving man, donating his time and support to so many children at Randall Elementary. The fire truck was always a hit for the annual Bike Rodeo. My children Donna and Dylan knew they could always go to Mr. Bob to help or just to talk. We join you all in missing Mr. Bob.
    Sincere Condolences,
    Jenny, Donna and Dylan Braxdale-Ruch

    Braxdale-Ruch Family, Independence, MO

  • Mon, Aug 27th, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Tina & Family,
    You are in my prayers.
    Remember Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted"

    Kristina, Spears

  • Mon, Aug 27th, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Paullette you should remember me from grade school. It was always a pleasure seeing you and your husband. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Benjamin Gaughf, Stockton, MO

  • Mon, Aug 27th, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Paulette & Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. May your memories
    help heal your pain. Our prayers are with you and
    your family during this time of sorrow.

    Paulette, thank you for being such a wonderful
    Kindergarten teacher at Luff.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Jim & Bev Lobb, Tracey (Madsen) & Jaime

    Bev Lobb, Independence, Mo

  • Sun, Aug 26th, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Baker family my prayers are for you during this time of sorrow. Bob
    was a friend to me and I know that he would want us to remember him
    as the friendly, fun loving person that he was. I will miss seeing him on
    his fire truck in all the local parades. Godspeed my friend!

    Daphne Barbr, Independence, MO

  • Sun, Aug 26th, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Bob was one of my favorite clients. We grew very close the last few months. Bob brightened my day and everyone elses when he would come to see us.I loved his wit and sense of humor. It was so disheartening to hear of his passing.
    My sincere condolences to his friends and family.

    Stan Kleihauer, Independence , Mo.

  • Sun, Aug 26th, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Our deepest sympathy. May God's peace, along with your precious memories, comfort you in the days ahead.

    Mike & Terri Feese, Chickasha, OK

  • Sun, Aug 26th, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Dear Paulette (Mrs. Baker) and Family:

    God bless all of you, I know how many years you
    have watched him suffer, now he has gone to a
    better place.
    We won't be able to attend visitation or the
    funeral, but would like to donate to the Bob and
    Paulette Baker John W. Luff Scholarship fund.
    Will you please e-mail me the address to mail
    that donation to. After all that's where the best
    Kindergarten teacher in Independence was!!

    All Our Love Janet, Jeff, and Jack Franklin

    Janet Franklin, Independence, MO

  • Sun, Aug 26th, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Paulette, I would like to convey my deepest condolences to you and your family. Bob was my friend.

    Woody McElroy, Independence, Missouri

  • Sat, Aug 25th, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Nuestras sentidas muestras de pesar a la familia Baker a nombre de toda nuestra familia Pacheco Morales, sabemos que el descansa en Paz.Resignacion y mucha paz a la familia.
    Con mucho amor.
    Familia Pacheco Morales.

    Carlos y Bessy Pacheco, Tegucigalpa, Honduras C.A

  • Sat, Aug 25th, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Tina, my heart breakes for you and your family. Just remember...If God brings you to it He will bring you through it. Praying for all of you.

    Dori Allen, Manhattan, KS

  • Sat, Aug 25th, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Dear Paulette and Family,

    Although we have not connected in several years, we have many fond memories with the Baker Family. I had the pleasure of being Tina's piano teacher. I am still reminded every time we put up our tree by the piano of the special ornaments Tina shared with me each Christmas. We enjoyed the association with Bob at the Cleaners as he took care of our winter coats and Sunday bests and always had a good visit when we dropped off or picked up. We always admired how the Bakers worked together as a family to get each of the 4 kids to activities they were involved in, teach school, lead Spanish Club, own a business and took time to be good neighbors and friends. Bob will be missed. We will keep all of you in our prayers. Cynthia and Ken Schnell

    Cynthia Schnell, Independence, MO

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