Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


Roy Lee Baker, 95, of Shipman, Ill., died at Heritage Health of Staunton on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. He was born April 1, 1928, in Shipman, to George and Eva (Smith) Baker. He married Audrey Irene Smithpott, and she preceded him in death.

He was a farmer and a self-taught machinist. Roy enjoyed toy making, casting, coin collecting and toy collecting.

He is survived by his children, Gerald (Mina) Baker of Shipman, Dennis (Sonja) Baker of Plainview, Kenneth (Grace) Baker of Bethalto, Darrell (Cindy) Baker of Shipman, Faye Knoche of Staunton; grandchildren, Monica (Richard) Sawyer, Tina (Jeff) Gibson, Denise (Gene) Seal, Matthew (Nicki) Baker, Joel Baker, Joshua (Julie) Baker, Jeremiah Baker, Natasha (Rob Cryer) Knoche, Alex (fiancée, Ashley Brim) Knoche, Joshua (Carissa) Meyer, Dan (Renee) Meyer, Cody (Kelly) Meyer; 17 great-grandchildren and expecting another great-granddaughter; brother, Dan Baker of Shipman; and sisters, Geneva Quirk of Shipman, Georgia Bray of Shipman, and Darlene (Lester) Large of Bunker Hill. Roy was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey Baker; daughter, Cheryl Baker; and brothers, Henry Baker, Lloyd Baker, Guy Baker, and Robert Baker.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Shipman Area Park Association. Condolences may be left online at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill was in charge of arrangements.

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