Charles Robert Baker, age 81, of Iola, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at the Allen County Regional Hospital. Charles was born on October 19, 1937 to William Raymond Baker and Eileen (Diehl) Baker in Iola, Kansas.
Charles and Judy (Flynn) Baker were married on Oct. 13, 1959, in Iola.
Charles graduated from Iola High School and Allen Community College. Following high school, he joined the United States Navy, where he served in communications in various locations around the Mediterranean. He was a machinist at H.K. Porter in Chanute, for 20-plus years. After his retirement, he worked on the homestead where he raised cattle and cleared hay meadows of brush, trees, and rocks.
He was a fierce dart thrower, belonging to a league, competing in many area tournaments, and bringing home many trophies. Charles was a member of the National Rifle Association and Iola Elks, and a lifetime member of the V.F.W., the American Legion, and Chanute G.B.B.A Local 198, where he served as president.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Tommy and Jerry Baker.
Charles is survived by his wife, Judy, of the home; one son, Vance and wife, Rhonda, St. George; one daughter, Crystal Misenhelter and husband, Randall, Iola; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Charles family was his life.
A visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, 1883 US Hwy 54, Iola. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Iola. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Iola.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the LaHarpe V.F.W., and can be left with Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Iola.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.