Baker, Raymond Chester (September 4, 1898 - November 18, 1983)

Raymond Baker services held

Nov. 21

Douglas Budget - November 24, 1983

Funeral Services for Raymond Chester Baker, age 85, were held Monday, Nov. 21, 1983 at 2:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church with Pastors Jim Lilley and George Stepan officiating. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Raymond died Friday, Nov. 18, 1983 at his daughter's home in Douglas, after an extended illness.

Raymond the son of Samuel and Amanda Overturf was born Sept. 4, 1896 near Sutton, in Clay County, Nebraska, one of a family of 10 children.

His education was in the elementary grades of Nebraska of Clay and Custer counties. As a teenager he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, and made the Christen life his goal. When he became of age he took a homestead thirty-seven miles north of Douglas.

He worked as a carpenter in California and in the harvest fields of grain and beets while proving up. Raymond held high standard for his family both spiritually and morally. He enjoyed reading and liked talking of historical events of the settling of our country, locally and nationally. He was married to Lucille Cress August 22, 1925 at Eustis, Nebraska.

After living in Nebraska a few years since homesteading he moved to Wyoming to his homestead in 1931, in 1941 he moved nearer to Douglas, for the further education of his family, where he resided till his death. Raymond's home going set a precedent in the fact that he was the first and only death in his immediate family of five girls, 25 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of Douglas; five daughters, Shirley Jean Reed, Beverly Rae Chamberlain, and Lucille Marjorie (Teil) Chamberlain all of Douglas; Deloris Lorranine Guthrie of Boone, Colo., and Sharon Patricia Quam of Woodland, Cal.; one brother, Ivan D. Baker of Callaway, Neb.; three sisters, Alda Bowman of Phoenix, Az., Nell Barnett of Oregon, and Hazel Latimer of Twin Falls, Id.; 25 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard and Leo; two sisters, Zella Lamb and Christine Gilbert.

Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Jessie Guthrie, Lee Slitcher, Dale Quam, Len Chamberlain, Martin Guthrie, Doyle Quam, Gerald Guthrie, Leon Chamberlain, III, Roy Chamberlain, and Larry Chamberlain.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Augus Riehle, George Riehle, Dick Strock, Gene Payne, Sr., Don Hood, Jim Battershell, Jim Clausen, Bob Wallis, Fritz Nielsen, Russell Schaub, and Dr. Bob Schmunk, Wayne Brannan.

A memorial has been established to the Calvary Baptist Christian School. The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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