Services for James Richard Baker MD, 59, Lawrence, will be 11 am Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints.
Dr. Baker died Saturday, December 21, 2019, surrounded by family at his home.
He was born October 26, 1960, in Minneola, Kansas, the son of Robert Milton and Charlotte Anna Drowatzky Baker. He graduated from the University of Kansas earning a doctorate in Medicine.
Dr. Baker worked as a Family Practice physician and pharmacist. He enjoyed shotgun shooting, reading about WWII, modeling, fireworks and the 4th of July, and helping people as their doctor. He was a member of the 1980 United States Olympic Shotgun Team, Acacia Fraternity, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints.
He married Penne Jo McGriff on May 17, 1983, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include, children, Matthew Baker and wife Ali of Detroit, Michigan, Summer Workman and husband Brian of Denver, Colorado, Sam Baker and wife Catarine of Houston, Texas, Andrew Baker of Kansas City, Kansas; brother, William Baker and wife Kay of Texas; sister, Kristin Wilson and husband Stanley of Arizona; grandchildren, Alex, Sadie, Fiona, Collyns, Liam, Miles, and Jace.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call from 12pm to 8pm Thursday, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 5-7pm Thursday.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the MS Society, LDS Humanitarian Fund, and Visiting Nurses, sent in care of the funeral home.