Donald E. Baker, age 71, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away August 8, 2011, at Nevada Regional Medical Center. He was born September 20, 1939, in Heizer, Kansas, to Frank and Irene (Fenn) Baker.
In 1957 he graduated from Diamond High School in Diamond, Missouri. Don decided to make a career as an over the road truck driver. From December 12, 1986, until he retired January 1, 2010, Don worked for Contract Freighters, Inc. While working there his safety record shows no breaks in service except for family medical leave. Several milestones were achieved in his career, including: Driver of the Year in 1997; Driver of the Month, multiple times; the 1-million Mile Award; and the 2-million Mile Award.
On May 16, 2009, Don married Nadine (Snodgrass) Bough.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one son, Todd Baker.
Survivors include: his wife, Nadine (Snodgrass) Baker of the home; two daughters: Tiffany Rea and husband Robbie of Seneca, MO and Cindy O’Neall of Neosho, MO; three grandchildren: Kadey, Maddie and Kyler Rea; two step-sons: Jerry Coleman and David Lee Coleman; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Donald Baker were held Sunday, August 14, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, with Bro. Dennis Johnston officiating. Burial followed in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Howard Williams, David Coleman, Mick Korn, Darren Toliver, Randy Cornell, and J.R. Stroer. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Toliver, Jerry Coleman, Jody Smith, Claude Brown, and Max Reitfors.