Obituary Record

Bonnie (Lee) Baker
Died on 8/24/2016


Posted on line 26 Aug 2016; Published in The Pilot Tribune 30 Aug 2016


Bonnie “Lee” Baker, 89 years, of Fremont, Nebraska died Wednesday, August 24, 2016, in Omaha, Nebraska. Lee was born September 28, 1926, in Harper, Kansas to Joseph and Ruth(Meister)Baker. Lee was immersed into Christ at First Christian Church, Kingman, Kansas on April 13, 1937. Lee married Dorothy Mach June 13, 1954 at First Christian Church, Burwell, Nebraska.

Lee as he was known to his family, friends and acquaintances spent his early childhood in south central Kansas. He attended and graduated from Kingman High School in 1944 and attended Kansas University. He was drafted into military service and joined the US Marine Corps on January 10, 1945. He served at Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp Pendleton, California, Honolulu, Hawaii, Island of Guam and Tientsin, China. He was honorably discharged from San Diego Depot, California October 10, 1946. He returned to Guam in 1947 as a civilian construction worker and served there fourteen months. He enrolled at University of Nebraska, Lincoln in September 1948 and attended one year. He enrolled at Boyles College, Omaha in June of 1949 and graduated with a degree in Telegraphy and Railroad Procedures in December, 1949. On February 13, 1950, he started work as a station agent, operator for CB&Q Railroad, which later became part of the Burlington Northern Railroad Company. He worked on extra board until April of 1951 when he became Agent at Burwell, Nebraska and served there for over nineteen years. He then was agent at Franklin, Nebraska until becoming mobile agent on Burlington Northern Railroad from 1971 until 1984. He then was a mobile agent out of Minden and later Agent at Minden. He retired May 27, 1988 after having served over thirty-eight years. He thoroughly enjoyed his railroad career.

Lee served many years as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, Elder, and Board Chairman of First Christian Church at Burwell. He was also on School Board, Red Cross Home Service Chairman and a member of Ground Observer Corps. He was a member of 100F Pioneer Lodge No. 45 in Franklin, American Legion Post 20 of Fremont, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Transportation Communications Union and AARP.

He is survived by wife, Dorothy, of Fremont; sons, Marty(Sue)Baker of Milford, Nebraska and Jody, (Sue)Baker, of Millard, Nebraska; daughter, Brenda (Bruce) Rouse, of Omaha, Nebraska; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Leanne; granddaughter, Janae; two brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral Service will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, August 29, 2016, at Fremont Church of Christ in Fremont with Military Honors. Preacher JR Patterson will officiate. Visitation with family receiving friends on Sunday from 2 PM to 4 PM at Moser Memorial Chapel. Burial 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at Cottonwood Cemetery at Burwell, Nebraska.

Memorials to Fremont Church of Christ.

Online condolences at

Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont is handling arrangements.

~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~

Printed in the Washington County Pilot-Tribune on 8/30/2016