Wiliam E. "Bill" Baker

March 09, 2017

William E. “Bill” Baker, 86, of New London, Mo., a lifelong Ralls County resident passed away at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Willow Care Center in Hannibal.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. Pastor Tom Day will officiate. Burial will be in the Barkley Cemetery in New London, Mo.

Visitation will be held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Bill was born on September 26, 1930, in Perry, Mo., the son of George Edwin “Ed” and Mary Edna (Herron) Baker.

He was united in marriage to N. Ruth Harlinger on December 18, 1949, in Hannibal, Misouri. She survives him.

Other survivors include one son, Bruce Baker and wife Bettye of University Park, Fl.; three daughters, Lois Swon and husband David of New London, Mo., Pam Matson and husband Larry of New London, Mo., and Penny Nesbitt and fiancé J.D. Overstreet of Hannibal, Mo.; one sister, Joan Klise and husband Billy Joe of New London, Mo.; one son-in-law, Donald Kent of New London, Mo.; thirteen grandchildren; twenty five great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews; and his cat, Boots, that he relished.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Baker was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Kent and one granddaughter.

Bill graduated from New London High School in the class of 1949. Shortly after graduation Bill was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ruth. He and Ruth had celebrated 67 years of marriage together in December.
Bill had went to work on the family dairy farm full-time upon graduation. Throughout his working career Bill held various jobs within the agriculture and trucking industries. His last full-time job was a truck driver at Thompson Truss Co. in rural New London.

Mr. Baker was a man who was full of words and wisdom, this trait guided him to never meeting a stranger. He enjoyed going to auctions and visiting with people and buying things that were of value to him. Bill was a collector of tractors, especially John Deere; he enjoyed clocks, gardening, and mowing his yard on his John Deere.

The thing that Bill treasured the most was the time spent caring for Ruth, whether that task be cooking, cleaning the house, or helping Ruth on her quilting or sewing projects, Bill was always there to lend a helping hand. Bill also cherished the time spent with his family.

Bill was a member of the First Christian Church of New London. He was a charter member of the New London Lions Club, lifelong member of the NRA, and was a member of the Old Threshers.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Kent, Justin White, Josh White, Enoch Matson, Nick Nesbitt, and Rocky Henderson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Baker’s granddaughters, niece and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of New London or donor’s choice, in care of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Mr. Baker’s memorial page at www.smithfuneralhomeandchapel.com.