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Nick Baker January 17, 1958 - March 28, 2022

Nicholas L. Baker

Monday, March 28, 2022.

Husband of Dana Baker, dear father of Jake Baker, Alexa Baker, and Peter Baker, dear son of the late Bob and Gerry Baker, dear brother of Bart (Joe Alway) Baker and Lisa Schuppan, and dear uncle of Blair, Brooke, Brigette, and Berkley Schuppan; and Isaiah and Emmanuel Alway-Baker.

Services:  Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, April 3 at Brookdale Farms, 8004 Twin Rivers Road, Eureka, MO 63025 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to DeSmet Jesuit High School or any animal rescue organization appreciated.

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, April 3 at Brookdale Farms, 8004 Twin Rivers Road, Eureka, MO 63025 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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    Ron Redel says

    The Redel family gives their condolences to all family and friends! My brothers and I played many of Rugby games against Nick back in the day! Always a character!

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    John says

    As a friend of Nick’s for almost 50 years, I’m not sure that I have ever known a more memorable person. Smart, funny, great athlete and competitor, truly a unique man. Many of us have been privileged to be called his friend and we will miss his presence in our lives.

    Prayers and condolences to Nick’s family and his many friends.

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    Stephen Rothweiler says

    Sorry for your loss. Nick worked with me in the late 80’s at a vocational college. He was dependable and insightful member of our team. The College continued to provide and excellent opportunity for the students after my departure. Nick’s leadership was always appreciated even through turbulent times. He leaves a legacy of graduates with careers to take them into the future.

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    Kevin Welsh says

    I am very sorry to hear that Nick has passed away, even though it has been many years since I saw him. I came to know him from our grade school days when we played against each other on sports teams, through high school years. He was invariably totally authentic and genuine, and followed Bob’s admonition to “never let fear hold you back”. I found that attitude of “joie de vivre” to be admirable. I would like to express my sincere condolences as well as those of my family to his family, to Gerry, and to Bart and Lisa, and to their respective families.

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    Mark Cornish says

    Nick was always a friendly guy. Always said to me in his gravelly voice “hey cornish, what’s up buddy!” Rest in peace

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    Pat Williams says

    Where do you start with Nick “Ox” Baker? God broke the mold when Nick was born. I learned about Rock Hill and Mary Magdalen Parish and growing up in Berkeley from Nick at De Smet. From there, our lifelong friendship began. Nick was the first person in my life to call me Patty. I said, “Who is this Nick Baker”? There is not a topic that Nick could not make you laugh. I had some great visits with you and Dana when you owned Lucy’s Bar on the Hill. Nick was the Ambassador of the bar when you walked through the door and made you feel welcome. We will greatly miss our Spartan brother and your sense of humor. God Bless you and your family.

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    Ken Klein says

    As I look at the picture at the top of this page I can hear Nick. It was not uncommon to hear Nick before you saw him but both were a joy! I feel blessed that our paths crossed and that I could call him my friend. You will be missed Nick!

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    Vincent Rodgers says

    Nick was a fantastic classmate and teammate. I always enjoyed his leadership in our wrestling meets. What a great sense of humor and magnificent laugh. He could turn sour moments into fun memories with his charm. Bye for now, my brother.

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    Perez Eric Maxwell says

    Nick called me a few months ago to say, “you’re getting married for the first time at our age?” I replied yes. Nick said and you’re marrying a man right? I replied yes. Nick said you know my brother did the same thing and I’m good with it as long as you’ve found happiness and a place of peace.. That’s who my Spartan Brother is. I am forever grateful for his love and support.

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    rick grellner says

    nick was truly a good person in high school he was very honest and very funny. he never ridiculed any student just because they were not a “jock” and would never hesitate to give you a minute if you needed it. i had many classes with him and he was just a great guy. I’ll pray for you nick and your family

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    Steve Koirtyohann says

    First met Nick at rugby practice at Mizzou. We both played in the scrum. Went on some epic road trips. Thankfully no cellphones. Played against him for the rest our career. Embodiment of true rugby player. Hard man on the field blast off of it. I will miss you brother, you were one of a kind.

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    Kevin George Keegan says

    Just saw Nick a few months ago at a Columbia Outlaws Old Boys get together. He gave me a lot of crap, as usual. That’s how you knew he liked you. It was good to see him after such a long time and I will miss him. I played many years of University of Missouri and Columbia Outlaws Rugby with him. He was fearless on the field. Never a dull moment with NIck around.

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    George Shaffrey says

    What a great guy and so much fun. Although I haven’t seen him much over the years, have thought of him and all of the guys often. My sincere condolences.

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    John Barrett says

    Nick was a ton of fun. I went to high school, played football, and always was next to his locker since his last name was Baker and mine Barrett. Can’t remember all the pranks he pulled on me. Last time he called me a few weeks ago he said if I did not show up at an event he was going to kick my @#%&^% ass! I will miss Nick. Always hoped to see him soon. See you again someday my fellow Spartan. Will think of you often with a smile!

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    Jim McHugh says

    I will miss my friend. As well as many others.

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    Joe HAT says

    Thoughts and prayers to the entire Baker family

    miss our dear friend, neighbor and founding father of the GGSOP poker group

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    Vito Lucido says

    Nothing ends well. I played Rambler Rugby with Nick who was a Prop and I was a Hooker. I’m truly saddened by Nick’s passing from this life into the next. Nick mixed me my first gin & tonic on Aviation Field near the horse stables in 1982. It’s safe to say he lived by the creed of A Good Life is Worth It! We mourn with those who mourn. My condolences to his family. God Bless!

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    Colin Heath says

    Met Nick as an Old boy of the Rambler Rugby Club. True character and will be missed.

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