Charles E. Baker passed away on February 26, 2011 at the Sabetha Community Hospital. He was known by close friends and family as “Chuck” or “Bud.” Charles was one of seven children born to Leon and Gladys (Dandliker) Baker. He was born on the family farm on September 27, 1929. He attended school at Fidelity, Honey Creek and Sabetha High School.
Following graduation he began his life’s work as a heavy machine operator working in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska. In 1989 Chuck and his wife Ann purchased the Salem Café in Salem, Nebraska where they dedicated all of their time serving the community and making life long friends. In 2007 they sold the business and moved to Sabetha, Kansas to be closer to family.
He was married to Lenore Hecke. To this union was born one son, Charles Jr., who died shortly after birth. They later divorced. He married Ann Kendall on July 3, 1989 in Oregon, MO. Their marriage was blessed by the Catholic Church on October 7, 2006 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dawson, Nebraska.
He is survived by his wife, Ann and step daughter Kay Krogmann both of Sabetha; granddaughter, Melissa Graf of Manhattan; one brother, Gerald Baker of Upland, California and two sisters, Phyllis Flentie of Temple, Texas and Judith Rumbaugh of Killeen, Texas.
Preceeding him in death were his parents, Gladys and Leon, one sister, Evelyn Blair Christman; two brothers, Kenneth Baker and Keith Baker and an infant son, Charles Jr.
Parish rosary and visitation will be held at Popkess Mortuary, Sabetha, Kansas at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sabetha, Kansas on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:00 am. The inurnment will take place at the Morrill cemetery. Condolences may be left at