Thomas Edward Baker, son of Loman and Rosalie Bane Baker, was born April 20, 1943, in Hagerstown, Md., and departed this life on Feb. 14, 2022, at his home south of Seymour, at the age of 78 years, 9 months and 24 days. On March 12, 1964, he wed the love of his life, Kathleen Scofield, and to this union four children were born. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Kathleen, on April 22, 2020; daughter-in-law, Charlene Baker; and four brothers, Richard, Philip, Harry and Olan Baker. Tom is survived by two daughters, Tammy and Nelson Sandova,l of Seymour, and Kim and Tim Miller, of Ozark; two sons, Joseph Baker and Lynnette Flanders, of Mansfield; and Christopher Baker, of Mountain Grove; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way; one great-great grandson; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He served his country faithfully in the United States Army and Air Force. After serving, he spent time as a police officer in Phoenix, Ariz., and eventually retired as a diesel mechanic. The Bakers moved from Rhode Island to Nevada and several places in between. They retired near Seymour in rural Douglas County, Missouri, about six years ago. Tom was a member of the VFW in Ava, Civil Air Patrol and Mansfield Lodge No. 543 A.F. & A.M. He was quite a talented man who had many skills. He could do anything from playing any musical instrument (he had played in an Irish Band) to building homes and sewing elaborate wedding dresses for his children and grandchildren. Family was very important to him. We will miss him dearly, but we know how heartbroken he was after mom died and nothing could take her place. Rest in peace, Dad. No services are planned at this time. Cremation under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home – Seymour. Online condolences: www.craighurttfuneralhome.com.