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James C. Baker

November 21, 1960 January 3, 2022
James C. Baker
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James C. Baker, 61, of Pekin passed away Monday, January 3, 2022, at UnityPoint Health Pekin.

He was born November 21, 1960, in Pekin to Albert and Joyce Humbert Baker.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Lee Thibedeau and father, Albert Baker.

He is survived by his mother, Joyce Hill of Peoria; son, Benjamin James Baker of Manito; stepchildren, Chris Thibedeau of California, Jennifer Carnal of Morton; sisters, Terry Jo Baker of Peoria, Connie Baker of Minnesota; brothers, David Baker of Peoria, Buddy (Lorra) Baker of Peoria, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He attended Limestone High School while working at Kartville, the family business. He later was part owner of the business and loved go-kart racing. James also worked at Purina Mills, ran maintenance at Diamondstar, was an artisan Painter for Local 157 and spent most of his life working for himself as a jack of all trades. There truly was nothing he could not make, fix, or rebuild.

James lived life on his own terms. Always friendly with a lively sense of humor and never without a smile, he was always ready to help. He loved spending time with his son, Ben and friends playing pool at Koch Street. He was a great mentor, friend, brother, and an irreplaceable father. He will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.

Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of life will be held at the Eagles Lodge 274 Derby Street, Pekin, IL 61554 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in his name.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at csmico.com

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