Bill D. Baker

(August 9, 1936 - November 18, 2016)

The Lusk Herald
November 22, 2016

Bill D. Baker, 80, of Harrison, Nebraska passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Chadron Community Hospital. He was born on August 9, 1936 to William and Maxine (Zediker) Baker in Castana, Iowa, the second of three children. He attended school in Harrison and Castana, graduating from Castana High School in 1954. Bill graduated for Iowa State University with a degree in animal husbandry in 1958 and after serving in the National Guard, returned to the ranch north of Harrison. He married Charlene DeHaven on November 3, 1963 and they raised three children on their ranch.

Bill was a dedicated steward of his land and livestock, making constant improvements and giving back to the land by planting hundreds of trees to benefit future generations. He taught his daughter to ride a horse and his son to play basketball and his grandchildren will remember him for teasing and joking around, watching their music and sports activities and always working harder than anyone else where there was a job to be done. He was a good friend and neighbor and always thought Harrison and Sioux County was the best place on earth to spend his life.

Bill is survived by his wife Charlene of Harrison, his daughter Barbara of Lusk, his sons Michael (Valerie) of Alliance and Neil (Stacy) of Torrington and seven grandchildren: Bethany, Megan, Rachel, Lindsey, Joel, Ryan, and Sam. He is also survived by his sisters; Pat Bansemer (Ken) of Kailua Kona, Hawaii and Bonnie Law (John) of Phoenix, Arizona. Services will be held at the Harrison Bible Church on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Memorials will be sent to the Harrison Bible Church and the Memorial United Methodist Church of Harrison, Nebraska.

Online condolences may be made to

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.

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