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Age 72

Date of Death November 5, 2013

Place of Death Three Rivers, Michigan

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday Nov. 8, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Funeral Services for Mr. Baker will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at the Three Rivers High School with Hospice Chaplain Karla Kauffman officiating.
Honors will be held in Riverside Cemetery under the auspices of the Three Rivers Police and Fire Departments and the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department.


Obituary Notice

Kenneth J. “Kenny” Baker, age 72, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Aug. 18, 1941 in Three Rivers, MI. the son of the late Kenneth and Marion (Butler) Baker.
Mr. Baker graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1960. On Feb. 11, 1961 he was united in marriage to the love of his life Charlotte (Clipfell) Baker. Mr. Baker began his career with the Three Rivers Police Department in 1973 as a patrolman. In 1976 he was promoted to Detective and in 1978 to Detective Sergeant. In 1985 he became Lieutenant until being appointed to Chief of Police in 1993 until his retirement in August of 1996. He served his country in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard from 1960 until he was honorably discharged in 1987.
Mr. Baker loved to serve his community. Kenny served as a City Commissioner from 2011 until 2012 and was active Mayor from 2010 until 2011. Ken was a founding member and director of the Friends of Riverside Cemetery Program established in 2010 and also served on the cemetery board and as interim sexton during that time. Ken enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with his family.
Kenny leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife of 52 years, Charlotte (Clipfell) Baker, of Three Rivers; one daughter, Sheryl “Sheri” (Allan) Thorbjornsen, of Three Rivers; one son, William (Jessica) Baker, of South Carolina; two brothers, Jeffrey (Margene) Baker, of Three Rivers and Robin (Marge) Baker, of Constantine; one sister, Nancy (Richard) Wells, of DeWitt, MI.; Six grandchildren, Josh (Stacy) Griffin, Davy (Alisa) Griffin, Tammy Griffin, Tori Thorbjornsen, Jonathan and Kiana Baker; four great-grandchildren, Kylin, Shane and Rowan Griffin, Emily Ventrone.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorials may be donated to the Three Rivers Health Hospice or the West Michigan Cancer Center. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.



Condolence Messages(26)
I am sorry to read of Kenny's death. He was a good friend when we were kids and, from what I have heard, was a good friend to many throughout his life. Although I only saw him a few times over the last 50 years, through email and Facebook, it was like we were never apart. He will be missed.

Karrell Clark gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 11:03 AM


Sadly for me I didn't know Kenny as well as I know and lovingly respect his sister Nancy Wells. My dad George was a close friend of Kenny's dad and once told me he was the finest gentleman he'd ever met. I know the acorn never falls far from the tree and, from what I knew of Kenny that was certainly true. He was a valiant warrior who set an example for us all throughout his courageous fight, with his boundless optimism, quiet determination and humility. Three Rivers has lost one of its finest.

Geoff & Teri Hamilton gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 5:36 PM


Sorry to hear that my buddy and good friend passed away, my condolences go out to charlotte and the rest of the family in your loss of a great man.

ROBERT Wagner Jr gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 6:01 PM


My deepest condolences to you Charlotte, and the rest of the family. Ken will be deeply missed.

Cassie (Mak) Bass gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 6:12 PM


My thoughts and prayers for the family.

Brenda Barth gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 7:46 PM


Charlotte our thoughts are with you and the family with the loss of Kenny. He has traveled the good rode and will be missed...Take care.

Mary Kay and Andy Todd gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 7:59 PM


Our thoughts and prayers are with Kenny's family at this time of loss.

Dan & Judy Ludwig gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 8:43 PM


My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Kenny was a great guy. He will be missed

Barb (Dentler) Allen gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 10:07 PM


It is very sad to hear of Kenny's passing, my deepest condolenfes go out to Charlotte and children. Kenny guided me allot thruout my teenage years while he was with the TRPD and always treated me and my family with allot of respect, then l married Iinto the family chain and able to continue to look up to him still, you leave a large void in many hearts and lives, it was an honor to know you Kenny Baker, may you rest in peace knowing how many love and respected you. ♥

Cheri England Hil gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 10:53 PM


Charlotte and her family, we send our prayers. Kenny was a great friend and mentor to me and encouraged me to run for City Commission. He was an asset to the city and truly cared about everyone. Kenny listened and gathered all the information before making decisions. Charlotte and Kenny both gave to Three Rivers. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Judy (Gilchrist) & John Mohney gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 1:15 AM


Charlotte and her family, we send our prayers. Kenny was a great friend and mentor to me and encouraged me to run for City Commission. He was an asset to the city and truly cared about everyone. Kenny listened and gathered all the information before making decisions. Charlotte and Kenny both gave to Three Rivers. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Judy (Gilchrist) & John Mohney gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 1:15 AM


Three Rivers will not be the same with the passing of Kenny Baker. His wisdom grace and practiced fairness will no longer guide the thin blue line in the city i claim as home. To his wife, and children my fondest thoughts and prayers. Kenny keep the hallos of heaven open and in order till we meet again my friend.RIP Brother

robert l. brooks gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 1:32 AM


My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May you receive the comfort of our Lord's arms around you during this very difficult time.

Michelle (Rohrer) Boyle gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 5:58 AM


prayers go out to charlotte and family kenny was a great guy and very humorous he will be missed

angie abel gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 8:14 AM


Dear Baker family, Please accept my deep regrets for your loss. You don't know me but I wanted to share what helped me when I lost my whole family to our greatest enem death that always brings pain and grief but hope and comfort is found in what Jehovah Gods word says at John11:11 and Mark5:39 that they're just asleep and Jesus states at John5:28,29 that we'll see our loved ones again and this helps me get through each day because I miss them so much.l truly hope these scriptures have helped in some way because this is my purpose in sharing this with you. Pelase know I share your grief. Sincerely, Gloria Mosley

Gloria Mosley gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 4:13 PM


Dear Charlotte: My condolences to you and your family on Ken's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Ken on numerous projects while I was employed by the City of Three Rivers. It was always a pleasure to interact with him. I respected him for his knowledge and the passion he had for the City and citizens of Three Rivers and I considered it an honor to be associated with him. My deepest sympathy to you in your time of loss. My prayers are with all of you.

Wayne Petzke gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 5:00 PM


Dear Charlotte and family, So sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. Love and prayers for you and all of your family.

Allen & Julie Beal gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 5:08 PM


To the Baker Family, Sorry for your loss, so many great memories of cases I was involved in with Kenny. Great Man and Public Servant. God Bless, Semper Fi

Patrick Pond and Connie Black-Pond gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 11:01 PM


Charlotte, my deepest sympathies to you and family. When I visited with you and Kenny in your home it was obvious that you and Kenny had a very special marriage and a wonderful life partnership. I was privileged to call Kenny a friend. He will be thought of often.

Steve Carter gave their condolences on 11/8/2013 at 12:28 PM


Charoltte, and family our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this time of loss, Ken was a great friend and superior leader both in ARNG, and TRPD, he also had a great understanding of the way a city should benefit the people of the city. He will be missed but not fogotten.

Bob&Deb Mak gave their condolences on 11/8/2013 at 6:00 PM


My heart hurts with you. He will be missed. My prayers to you and the family.

Sandie Gieber gave their condolences on 11/8/2013 at 6:13 PM


Our thoughts go out to the Baker family. The Bakers have been our neighbors for 20 years, we have shared the "football/soccer" field between our houses and have enjoyed watching the family games!! We always have enjoyed chatting with Kenny and Charlotte. Chris will miss his fishing wisdom and his talks about wildcat football.

Shannon and Chris Menz gave their condolences on 11/8/2013 at 9:21 PM


Char and family, We want to say how sad we are to hear of Kenny's passing. You were good friends in our area and very helpful in the time of need. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you move ahead in th future without Ken. Sincerely

Linda and David Ingraham, Sr. gave their condolences on 11/9/2013 at 4:35 PM


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Age 72

Date of Death November 5, 2013

Place of Death Three Rivers, Michigan

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday Nov. 8, 2013 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Funeral Services for Mr. Baker will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at the Three Rivers High School with Hospice Chaplain Karla Kauffman officiating.
Honors will be held in Riverside Cemetery under the auspices of the Three Rivers Police and Fire Departments and the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department.


Obituary Notice

Kenneth J. “Kenny” Baker, age 72, of Three Rivers, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Aug. 18, 1941 in Three Rivers, MI. the son of the late Kenneth and Marion (Butler) Baker.
Mr. Baker graduated from Three Rivers High School with the class of 1960. On Feb. 11, 1961 he was united in marriage to the love of his life Charlotte (Clipfell) Baker. Mr. Baker began his career with the Three Rivers Police Department in 1973 as a patrolman. In 1976 he was promoted to Detective and in 1978 to Detective Sergeant. In 1985 he became Lieutenant until being appointed to Chief of Police in 1993 until his retirement in August of 1996. He served his country in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard from 1960 until he was honorably discharged in 1987.
Mr. Baker loved to serve his community. Kenny served as a City Commissioner from 2011 until 2012 and was active Mayor from 2010 until 2011. Ken was a founding member and director of the Friends of Riverside Cemetery Program established in 2010 and also served on the cemetery board and as interim sexton during that time. Ken enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with his family.
Kenny leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife of 52 years, Charlotte (Clipfell) Baker, of Three Rivers; one daughter, Sheryl “Sheri” (Allan) Thorbjornsen, of Three Rivers; one son, William (Jessica) Baker, of South Carolina; two brothers, Jeffrey (Margene) Baker, of Three Rivers and Robin (Marge) Baker, of Constantine; one sister, Nancy (Richard) Wells, of DeWitt, MI.; Six grandchildren, Josh (Stacy) Griffin, Davy (Alisa) Griffin, Tammy Griffin, Tori Thorbjornsen, Jonathan and Kiana Baker; four great-grandchildren, Kylin, Shane and Rowan Griffin, Emily Ventrone.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorials may be donated to the Three Rivers Health Hospice or the West Michigan Cancer Center. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Condolence Messages(26)
I am sorry to read of Kenny's death. He was a good friend when we were kids and, from what I have heard, was a good friend to many throughout his life. Although I only saw him a few times over the last 50 years, through email and Facebook, it was like we were never apart. He will be missed.

Karrell Clark gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 11:03 AM


Sadly for me I didn't know Kenny as well as I know and lovingly respect his sister Nancy Wells. My dad George was a close friend of Kenny's dad and once told me he was the finest gentleman he'd ever met. I know the acorn never falls far from the tree and, from what I knew of Kenny that was certainly true. He was a valiant warrior who set an example for us all throughout his courageous fight, with his boundless optimism, quiet determination and humility. Three Rivers has lost one of its finest.

Geoff & Teri Hamilton gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 5:36 PM


Sorry to hear that my buddy and good friend passed away, my condolences go out to charlotte and the rest of the family in your loss of a great man.

ROBERT Wagner Jr gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 6:01 PM


My deepest condolences to you Charlotte, and the rest of the family. Ken will be deeply missed.

Cassie (Mak) Bass gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 6:12 PM


My thoughts and prayers for the family.

Brenda Barth gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 7:46 PM


Charlotte our thoughts are with you and the family with the loss of Kenny. He has traveled the good rode and will be missed...Take care.

Mary Kay and Andy Todd gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 7:59 PM


Our thoughts and prayers are with Kenny's family at this time of loss.

Dan & Judy Ludwig gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 8:43 PM


My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Kenny was a great guy. He will be missed

Barb (Dentler) Allen gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 10:07 PM


It is very sad to hear of Kenny's passing, my deepest condolenfes go out to Charlotte and children. Kenny guided me allot thruout my teenage years while he was with the TRPD and always treated me and my family with allot of respect, then l married Iinto the family chain and able to continue to look up to him still, you leave a large void in many hearts and lives, it was an honor to know you Kenny Baker, may you rest in peace knowing how many love and respected you. ♥

Cheri England Hil gave their condolences on 11/6/2013 at 10:53 PM


Charlotte and her family, we send our prayers. Kenny was a great friend and mentor to me and encouraged me to run for City Commission. He was an asset to the city and truly cared about everyone. Kenny listened and gathered all the information before making decisions. Charlotte and Kenny both gave to Three Rivers. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Judy (Gilchrist) & John Mohney gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 1:15 AM


Charlotte and her family, we send our prayers. Kenny was a great friend and mentor to me and encouraged me to run for City Commission. He was an asset to the city and truly cared about everyone. Kenny listened and gathered all the information before making decisions. Charlotte and Kenny both gave to Three Rivers. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Judy (Gilchrist) & John Mohney gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 1:15 AM


Three Rivers will not be the same with the passing of Kenny Baker. His wisdom grace and practiced fairness will no longer guide the thin blue line in the city i claim as home. To his wife, and children my fondest thoughts and prayers. Kenny keep the hallos of heaven open and in order till we meet again my friend.RIP Brother

robert l. brooks gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 1:32 AM


My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May you receive the comfort of our Lord's arms around you during this very difficult time.

Michelle (Rohrer) Boyle gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 5:58 AM


prayers go out to charlotte and family kenny was a great guy and very humorous he will be missed

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Dear Baker family, Please accept my deep regrets for your loss. You don't know me but I wanted to share what helped me when I lost my whole family to our greatest enem death that always brings pain and grief but hope and comfort is found in what Jehovah Gods word says at John11:11 and Mark5:39 that they're just asleep and Jesus states at John5:28,29 that we'll see our loved ones again and this helps me get through each day because I miss them so much.l truly hope these scriptures have helped in some way because this is my purpose in sharing this with you. Pelase know I share your grief. Sincerely, Gloria Mosley

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Dear Charlotte: My condolences to you and your family on Ken's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Ken on numerous projects while I was employed by the City of Three Rivers. It was always a pleasure to interact with him. I respected him for his knowledge and the passion he had for the City and citizens of Three Rivers and I considered it an honor to be associated with him. My deepest sympathy to you in your time of loss. My prayers are with all of you.

Wayne Petzke gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 5:00 PM


Dear Charlotte and family, So sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. Love and prayers for you and all of your family.

Allen & Julie Beal gave their condolences on 11/7/2013 at 5:08 PM


To the Baker Family, Sorry for your loss, so many great memories of cases I was involved in with Kenny. Great Man and Public Servant. God Bless, Semper Fi

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Charlotte, my deepest sympathies to you and family. When I visited with you and Kenny in your home it was obvious that you and Kenny had a very special marriage and a wonderful life partnership. I was privileged to call Kenny a friend. He will be thought of often.

Steve Carter gave their condolences on 11/8/2013 at 12:28 PM


Charoltte, and family our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this time of loss, Ken was a great friend and superior leader both in ARNG, and TRPD, he also had a great understanding of the way a city should benefit the people of the city. He will be missed but not fogotten.

Bob&Deb Mak gave their condolences on 11/8/2013 at 6:00 PM


My heart hurts with you. He will be missed. My prayers to you and the family.

Sandie Gieber gave their condolences on 11/8/2013 at 6:13 PM


Our thoughts go out to the Baker family. The Bakers have been our neighbors for 20 years, we have shared the "football/soccer" field between our houses and have enjoyed watching the family games!! We always have enjoyed chatting with Kenny and Charlotte. Chris will miss his fishing wisdom and his talks about wildcat football.

Shannon and Chris Menz gave their condolences on 11/8/2013 at 9:21 PM


Char and family, We want to say how sad we are to hear of Kenny's passing. You were good friends in our area and very helpful in the time of need. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you move ahead in th future without Ken. Sincerely

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