Duane John Baker

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Duane Baker

Duane Baker, age 76, of Glenwood, MN, died October 20, 2016, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 25th, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Swift Falls, with Rev. Ron Knutson officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Monday at the funeral home in Brooten, and will continue at the church on Tuesday, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Rolling Forks Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Duane John Baker, son of Frank and Clara (Anderson) Baker, was born on February 13, 1940, in Benson, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and raised on a farm near Swift Falls with his three brothers, Gene, Gary, and Norman. Duane first attended country school before graduating from Benson High School in 1958.

On November 1, 1958, Duane was united in marriage to Mary Jane Benjaminson at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck. The two first made their home in Minneapolis and then Willmar, Benson, and Winthrop, before settling in Gilchrist Township near Glenwood. Their marriage was blessed with five children. Duane was self-employed as a farmer and in sales.

Duane’s hobbies included farming, hunting, fishing, Bible studies, Recovery, working in the woods and helping others. He enjoyed visiting with people and sharing his views.  He had a real gift for gab, a positive outlook, a good natured spirit, a caring heart and love for others, especially his family.

Duane died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Glacial Ridge Hospital, at the age of 76.

Duane is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jane, of Glenwood; their five children, Darryl (Terri) Baker, Dawn Bredeken, Douglass (Sandy) Baker, Daniel (Amanda) Baker, Duane Jr. “D.J.” (special friend Amber Brown); 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman (Patty) Baker of Willmar; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded by his parents, Frank and Clara Baker; two brothers, Gene and Gary; and two grandchildren, Amanda and David.

To send condolences to the family, visit our website at  www.hoplinfuneralhome.com  and click on obituaries.

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