Orlie T. Baker, 98 of Ferryville passed away on Tuesday Aug. 27, at his home in rural Ferryville.
He was born on Sept. 14, 1914 in Seneca, The son of Clarence and Belle (Taylor) Baker. He married Anne Preston on April 6, 1939 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 28, 2006.
Orlie was a graduate of UW-Madison and a member of the Delta Theta Sigma fraternity. He was a farmer and a career educator who taught enduring lessons in the classroom, but also on the riverbanks or on a midnight coon hunting expedition. He had a lifelong curiosity about and respect for nature which involved him in creating a variety of “projects.”
He became a radio personality with “Man on the Street” for WRCO Radio and the popularity of this program led to “Friendly Farmer of the Airway” on stations across Wisconsin and Iowa. His speaking skills led to keynote speaker engagements, Master of Ceremonies for civic organizations and county fairs, and highly sought after lay speaker for churches throughout the area.
He is survived by seven sons, Preston (Karen) Baker of Cottage Grove, Sam (Marcia) (Suzie) Baker of Prairie du Chien, Clarence (CR) (Deanna) Baker of Eastman, Orlie (Tom) (Kim) Baker of Prairie du Chien, Harold Baker of Viroqua, Kenneth (Marlene) Baker of Eastman, Benjamin (Julie) Baker of West Salem; four daughters, Belle Anne (Ed) Achenbach of Boscobel, Lana (Harvey) Sheets of Seneca, Janet Baker (Mark Sprague) both of Sparta, Patty (Steven) Kvigne of Ferryville; thirty-seven grandchildren; fifty-one great grandchildren; ten great, great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Jonathan Baker; and a grandson Todd Achenbach.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Boscobel. Pastor Stan Pegram and Pastor Jonathan Baker officiating. Burial in the Boscobel Cemetery.
Friends may call on Friday Aug. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kendall Funeral home in Boscobel and at the church on Saturday from 12 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to the Seneca High School Scholarship Fund. Online condolence can be sent to www.kendallfuneralservice.com