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Walt Baker, Jr.

Walt Baker, Jr.



     Walt Baker, 75 of Keokuk, IA died Sunday, May 14, 2023 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

     He was born November 7, 1947 in Keokuk, IA the son of Walt Sr. and Dorcas E. “Duke” Varner Baker.  After his parents’ divorce, he was raised by Philip and Dorcas Rose.  He graduated from Keokuk High School with the class of 1967.

     On August 26, 1967 Walt was united in marriage to Phyllis Lloyd.  For just over fifty-five years they shared a love which saw them through the joys and sorrow of life.  He was endlessly devoted to his wife and lovingly referred to her as “Tiger.”  There was nothing he loved more than his wife. She survives.

     He is survived by his wife Phyllis Baker, one daughter, Terrie Baker, two sons, Corey Baker (Amber) and Tony Baker (Jenny), ten grandchildren, Steph Riddle (Matt), Joey Martens (Amber), T.J. Martens, Dylan Campbell (Alli), Mason Baker, Logan Baker, Lylah Baker, Colton Baker, Luke Baker and Remi Baker and three great-grandchildren, Jackson Riddle, Grayson Riddle and Wyatt Martens.  He is also survived by one half-sister, Linda Blankenship (Gordy).

     He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, Robert and Simone Lloyd.

     Walt was the owner of Keokuk Contractors in Keokuk, IA until his retirement in 2011.

     He was a member of Quail Forever and a lifetime member of the Keokuk Sports Boosters.  Walt was known for his service to the community.  He was a volunteer for the Jackson Township Fire Department and he also volunteered at God’s Way Food Pantry.

     Faith was an active and vital part of his life.  He enjoyed reading his Bible and participated in Bible studies.  Walt was an outdoorsman and loved hunting.  Most of all, he cherished the time he spent with his family and loved spending time with them.

     According to his wishes, there will be no services.

     Memorials may be made to God’s Way Food Pantry or K-Play for handicapped accessible restrooms.

     Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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