Charles Baker


HUGOTON — Charles Leonard Baker, 74, a former resident of Hugoton, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at his home in Ponca City, Okla.

He was born June 30, 1938, in Miami, N.M., to Charles Baker and Marie Dudley Baker (Salazar).

Mr. Baker had worked for the Stevens County Highway Department for 36 years.

On Sept. 19, 1964, he married Nita Littrell in Hugoton. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Holly Baker Thomas and son-in-law, Daron Thomas of Haltom City, Texas; his grandchildren, Lance Mantzke and companion Crystal Baker of Hugoton, Tyler Mantzke of Hugoton, and Amanda Elmore and Darci Thomas of Fort Worth, Texas; five great-grandchildren; six siblings, Gene Salazar and LeRoy Salazar, both of Hugoton, Rosie Brown of Robert Lee, Texas, Bonnie Salazar of Espinola N.M., Gladys Goodwin of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Charolette Kallenbach of Rolla; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, LuCinda Baker Mantzke; and his siblings, Ann, Marjorie, Stella, Norma, Cora, Alvin, Maurice, Elizabeth, George and Marvin.

Service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church of Hugoton. Burial will be at Hugoton Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma or The American Cancer Society.

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