Wednesday, December 26, 2012



AGE: 79

ADDRESS: N1953 Eagle Lane, Medford, Town of Little Black Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 10:47 A.M. Tuesday, December 25 at his residence, in the Town of Little Black

TIME & PLACE OF FUNERAL: 1:00 P.M. Friday, December 28 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where military honors will be performed by the Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519, Stetsonville

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger, Father Jerry Harries and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

INTERMENT: St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Town of Little Black

VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until 12:45 P.M. Friday, December 28 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 16, 1933 in Milwaukee to his birth mother, Mina Kahn

EDUCATION: Attended Stetsonville Grade School, Graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE INFORMATION: Bill married his high school sweetheart, Joyce M. Klingbeil on July 19, 1958 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: As a young child, Bill moved to Ladysmith. He was raised by William and Christine Baker and they moved to Stetsonville. He entered the U.S. Air Force and served as a Flight Engineer during the Korean War. He also served 4 years in the Air Force Reserve. Bill did veal and poultry farming in the Town of Little Black for 40 years, during this time he also was a feed consultant for Supreme Foods and was one of the first salesmen for Tombstone Pizza for a period of time. Bill enjoyed all things outdoors, which included, gardening, fishing, hunting, camping, especially with his children and grandchildren. Bill was always quick with a smile and loved to make others laugh. He was a great artist. He also enjoyed attending all the grandchildren’s sporting events.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford and the Knights of Columbus
Lifetime Member: Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519, Stetsonville
Served as past President of the American Poultry Association and American Veal Association
Past Member: American Poultry Association, American Veal Association and the Medford Lions Club

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Joyce M. Baker of the Town of Little Black

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Beth (Don) Tlusty of Arbor Vitae, Todd (Char) Baker and Mike (Beth) Baker both of the Town of Little Black

GRANDCHILDREN: Ben (Breia) Tlusty of Arbor Vitae, Judd Tlusty of Arbor Vitae, Missy, Carlye, Maggie, Mandi and Ty Baker all of Medford
Step- Granddaughter: Rachel (Eric) Vach of Medford


SURVIVING SISTER: Mary Lou (Dr. Frank) Talens of Fresno, CA


DECEASED FATHER: William H. Baker Sr.

DECEASED MOTHER: Christine A. Baker (Maiden Name: Vogt)

PALLBEARERS: Ben and Judd Tlusty, Ty Baker, Eric Vach, Roy Toegel, Kurt Walbeck and David Vogt

OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements -For online condolences, please visit