Joel O. Baker, Jr. 65, of Cross Plains passed away, Monday, May 9, 2011, in Hendrick Medical Center. Graveside service will be 2:00 PM, Thursday in the Monroe Cemetery, Eastland, County, under the direction of Kimbrough Funeral Home in Cisco. Visitation will be Wednesday 5~7:00 PM in the Kimbrough Funeral Chapel.
Joel was born in Cisco, TX on March 2, 1946 to Mary Oleta Jane (Ingram) and Joel Orville Baker, Sr. He served in the U S Air Force during the Viet Nam War. He married Myrtle Yvonne Srader in San Angelo on October 3, 1979; he worked as a driller in Oil and Gas Exploration and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Joel is survived his wife Myrtle Baker of Cross Plains; sons, Joel O. Baker III of Cross Plains and Lanny D. Baker of Abilene; daughter, Oletta Vineyard of Rule; step daughters, Denna Finley of Ranger and Vickie Truran and husband Michael of Eastland; brothers, Homer Baker and wife Vicky of Cisco and Jack Baker of Abilene; sister, Sandra Flint and husband George of Abilene; eleven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Roger and George Baker.