John Max Baker Sr., 93, of Overland Park, KS passed away peacefully in his home November. 2, 2021.
John was born in Elkland, Pennsylvania September 26,1928 to William Gee Baker and Mary Cameron Baker. He graduated High School from Union Endicott High School in Endicott, New York. John received an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 1946. He then attended Lowell School of Business in Binghamton, NY.
John was a man of many trades. He worked at Endicott Johnson after business school as did his father. He owned and managed an Auto Body Shop in Vestal, New York, owned Route 20 Inn in Orchard Park, New York and managed several restaurants including Waids Restaurant in Kansas City, MO. He retired in 1991 after working at CLO, Community Living Opportunity which he greatly enjoyed.
John was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather. John enjoyed being outdoors and loved to cook and entertain. He was always up for a good party and spending time with his family near and far. He enjoyed watching his youngest grandchildren in school activities, dance recitals and soccer games.
John leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Dee Baker (Fort), their children, Brandon Baker and Sarah Sumner (Dusty) and 3 grandchildren, his former wife, Marjorie Baker (Dombroski) and their children, John Max Baker, Jr., Susan Bock (Richard), Rebecca Harkrider (Daniel), Kimberly Walker (Wayne), 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Mary Baker, sister Mary Ellen Paradise (Baker), brother William Baker, Jr., and sister Sonya Powell (Baker). Many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association .