Obituaries » Deacon Richard Leo Baker
October 20, 1935 - October 15, 2019
Vigil Service, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7 pm. Funeral Mass, Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10:30 am both at Spirit of Christ Catholic Community, 7400 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Richard “Dick” Leo Baker passed away peacefully October 15, 2019 after an extended illness. He was 83.
Dick, the son of Henry Michael Baker and Catherine Seeger Baker, was born on October 20, 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas. He was the youngest of thirteen children. He attended St. Benedict Grade School and Maur Hill High School in Atchison, Kansas.
After high school, like his seven older brothers, he served in the military. He manned the tanks in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957, mainly in Okinawa, Japan.
Upon completion of his military service, he briefly attended St. Benedict’s College in Atchison. Dick transferred to Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas to receive his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting. He went on to complete his MBA at Missouri University.
On September 1, 1962 he married Theresa Marie Mesmer at St. Gabriel’s church in Kansas City, Missouri. While they lived in south Kansas City, he worked for Standard Oil. In 1971, they headed west to Arvada, Colorado to take a job with Frontier Airlines. Eventually he started his own accounting business, TABS. It was in Arvada that he and his wife raised their four children and became a permanent fixture in the community. Dick was one of the founding members of their parish, Spirit of Christ Catholic Community. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
In 1984, Dick was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church, in the Archdiocese of Denver. It was his desire to serve Christ and help others encounter Him. He served the Church for thirty-five years at Spirit of Christ, The Gardens of St. Elizabeth Retirement Community and as the Charismatic Renewal Liaison to the Archdiocese. He particularly enjoyed celebrating the many marriages and baptisms as a deacon.
Dick is survived by his wife, Theresa Baker; his sons, Paul Baker (wife Pam) of Kansas City, Missouri; Steve Baker (wife Marthie) of Erie, Colorado; his daughters, Michele Markham (husband Michael) of Boulder, Colorado; Melaine Barrett (husband Joe) of Denver, Colorado; seventeen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; his brother, Frank Baker of Kansas City, Kansas and his sister, Helen Wright of Des Moines, Iowa.
Besides his parents, Dick was preceded in death by four sisters, Charlotte Chase, Mary Alice Snyder, Kathleen Freund, Colette Mayse; six brothers, Gerard Baker, Martin Baker, Al Baker, Raymond Baker, Maurice Baker, Thomas Baker; and his younger brother who died at birth, Matthew Bernard Baker.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Catholic Charities at: https://ccdenver.org/ways-to-give/