Dorwin Lee Baker

Posted 5/4/21

Dorwin Lee Baker

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Dorwin Lee Baker


CLINTON — Dorwin Lee Baker, 92, of Clinton, passed away at 4:50 a.m. on May 2, 2021, at Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on  Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Bob Phillips officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon.  Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to The Dorwin and Barbara Baker Memorial Scholarship c/o Little Galilee Christian Camp.

Dorwin was born on June 13, 1928, in Lodge, Ill., the son of Burness  and Iola Baker. He married Barbara Louise Hassinger on July 16, 1952. Together they had five children, Deborah (Bill) Carter, Nokomis, Fla.; Brenda Baker, Sarasota, Fla.; Beverly (Michael Franklin) Healey, Powell, Tenn.; Gary (Denise) Baker, Venice, Fla.; Doug (Jeannie) Baker, Ypsilanti, Mich.;  and two exchange daughters who they thought of as their own children: Maria Clark (deceased) and Iris Leiva, from Chile, South America; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 67 years, Barbara Louise Baker, one granddaughter: Shayla Upchurch, one sister: Phyllis Etherton, and one half-brother:  Alvin Baker. He leaves behind, his brother, Ronald Baker, of Weldon, sister, Donna Rhodes, of Clinton, and five half brothers and sisters,  Rick Baker, of Eldred, Mitsy Baker, of Dunlap, Angie Heiland, of Decatur, Ben Baker, of Hillsboro, and Betty Reynolds, of Champaign.

Dorwin was a hard-working, loving father that enjoyed sharing his sense of humor with memorable stories, jokes, and witty adages. After completing a successful career at Caterpillar Tractor, he enjoyed his “too busy to work” retirement at his family timber on Clinton Lake, where he enjoyed nature, wildlife and hosting events with family and friends. 

He was an active member of First Christian Church in Clinton, serving as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and a member of the mission team. He was a WWII Army veteran and proudly served in both Europe and Asia. He was a die-hard Cub fan and never gave up on them celebrating their world series win in 2016.  He was loved and will be greatly missed.

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