Alva L. Baker was born on December 14th, 1920, in Thomasville, Missouri, son of Noah Joseph and Lola Davis Baker. He grew up in Saline County and attended Marshall High School graduating in 1942. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy for four years and was discharged on February 5th, 1946. He returned to Marshall to marry his high school sweetheart, Lois Mae Reade on April 7th, 1946 and they have been together since for almost 62 years. A.L. graduated from Missouri Valley College in Marshall and was inducted as an alumnus into their Football Hall of Fame. After graduation he attended the University of Missouri, receiving his Master of Education degree, teaching and coaching at Marshall High School, Westport High, and finally retiring from Northeast Senior High School in 1982. Alva and Lois spent many years enjoying league bowling and square dancing with friends. He gardened, rode his tractor and maintained the acreage in Liberty while he was able to appreciate being outdoors. Evenings and weekends he always enjoyed crossword puzzles and just about any sport on TV.
His immediate family includes, his wife, Lois of Liberty; his daughter, Diane and her husband, Dan Placencia of Marongo Valley, Calif.; his son, Doug Baker and wife, Connie of Liberty, MO; as well as two grandchildren, Amanda Westbrook and Jesse Clay Baker. He is survived by brother Lawrence Baker, and three sisters, Lillian Baker Bryan, Ruth Baker Herndon, and Velma Baker Bacon, all of Marshall, MO. Preceding him in death, were both parents, three brothers, Amos, Earl and Norman Baker as well as his sister Mary Baker Frain. A.L. Baker was a loving and dedicated husband, father and friend.
He will be missed for his wit, honesty and dedication to his family.
December 14th, 1920 -- January 15th, 2008.
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