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Phillip L. Baker

Phil passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

He was born August 7, 1947 in Plainwell the son of Leland and Irene (Johnson) Baker. Phil proudly served his country in U.S. Army. He was a 1965 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. For many years Phil had owned and operated an insurance agency in Otsego.

In his free time he enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and traveling with his wife. He was a member of the Lake Doster Golf Course, Otsego Elks and First Congregational Church of Otsego. In 1969 he married his high school sweetheart, Paula Tice who survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Lisa (Jon) Caldwell; grandchildren, Destiny, Trent and Marissa Baker and Jonathan and Noah Caldwell; great-grandchildren, Elijah and Gabriel and sister, Sharon (Dean) Myers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Troy; great-granddaughter, Zharielle; brother, Gerald Baker and father and mother-in-law, Gerald and Jane (Goodall) Tice.

Friends may meet with Phil’s family from 4-8 PM, Thursday, December 26, 2019, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, December 27, 2019 with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Phil may be made to

Allegan County Community Foundation

or to the First Congregational Church of Otsego.

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Joel M Thompson

December 5, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Paula,

Karla and I are so sorry for your loss. You and Phil always supported me and you helped mentor me. Words cannot express our sorrow for you and your family. You are in our prayers.

With love and prayers.

Joel and Karla Thompson.

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Sue Lovett-Martin

December 5, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Larry and I send our thoughts out to Paula and all the family. Seems like we’ve known Phil forever. One of my memories was of him and all the Senior class guys sitting on the window sill by the cafeteria. Larry and Sue Lovett-Martin

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Wilma Nunemaker

December 5, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Paula,

I am so sorry to read about Phil, will keep you in our prayers.

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Dave and Jackie Dutton

December 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Paula and family,

We are so sorry for your loss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Love

Dave and Jackie Dutton

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Evan Stack

December 5, 2019 at 5:03 pm

To the Baker Family,

As a friend of Phil’s from Lake Doster Golf Club, I am so sorry for your loss. Phil was such an incredible person, who never failed to make me laugh or smile. He was one of a kind. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Evan Stack

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Bob and Linda Cooley

December 5, 2019 at 5:05 pm

Paula, we are shocked and sincerely saddened and sorry to hear about Phil. Please know you and Lisa and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers!!

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Lennie E Borgman

December 5, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Paula,

I can’t tell you how shocked and saddened I was to hear about Phil. You, Phil, and your family have always held a special place in my heart. Love and prayers to you and your family.

Lennie Borgman

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Tammy Thompson Drake

December 5, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Paula,

So very sorry, You are all in our prayers

Jim & Tammy Thompson Drake

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Tony & Sandie (Gilbert) LoPresto

December 5, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Paula & Lisa, So very sorry to hear about Phil, please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Sandie LoPresto

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Denise Allen

December 5, 2019 at 5:29 pm

My heart is broken reading this news. So much love and memories. Prayers for comfort

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Bill & Brenda Standish

December 5, 2019 at 5:54 pm

Dear Paula & Family; Our thoughts and praters are with you at this time. Phil left a big footprint in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

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Jerry haight

December 5, 2019 at 6:02 pm

Very sorry to hear of your loss prayers to you and your family

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Lori Burrows

December 5, 2019 at 6:04 pm

Paula and family – so very sorry. Phil will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers for all of you at this difficult time.

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Irv & Elaine Figel

December 5, 2019 at 6:08 pm

Irv and I were so saddened to hear of Phil’s passing! Paula and Lisa, please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers! We had many wonderful memories of Phil! Love and hugs!!

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Gary & Joy Sausaman

December 5, 2019 at 8:28 pm

Paula and Lisa,

We are so sorry for your loss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Sandy and Dan Fleming

December 5, 2019 at 6:25 pm

Paula and family, Dan and I want to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to all. We are so deeply sorry for your loss.Dan has had such fond memories of Phil when we lived across the street from you on Grant Street. And Dan has conversed with Phil at Plank Road Restaurant. Phil will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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Dana Nulty-Beals

December 5, 2019 at 6:47 pm

Paula & Lisa, my heart is just breaking for you both. Paula…you and Phil both were such an influence in my life. Words can’t express my gratitude nor my sorrow. Mike and I won’t be able to come back to Michigan but we are thinking of you both.

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Mary Jo & Pat Jackson

December 5, 2019 at 6:47 pm

Paula,

Pat and I are so sorry for your loss of Phil. We have many good memories of watching the boys play sports years ago. The boys friendship became our friendship. I share your grief and will pray for you in the coming days.

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Pat Filkins

December 5, 2019 at 6:48 pm

So sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories.

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Dana Nulty-Beals

December 5, 2019 at 6:49 pm

Paula & Lisa, my heart is just breaking for you both. Paula…you and Phil both were such an influence in my life. Words can’t express my gratitude nor my sorrow. Mike and I won’t be able to come back to Michigan but we are thinking of you both.

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Terry Nelson

December 5, 2019 at 6:52 pm

Paula so sorry for your loss you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers .

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Gary Tien

December 5, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Paula I am saddened for your loss. Your family are in my prayers.

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Judy Chybik

December 5, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Dearest Paula and Family, I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts, prayers, and love go out to you my Dear Friend. Rip Phil.

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Michael Verploegh

December 5, 2019 at 7:17 pm

Phil and I grew up together from age 10, he was my neighbor and friend and one of our gang leaders.

He will be in my prayers.

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David and Necole Yaw

December 5, 2019 at 7:28 pm

Paula and family,

Words cannot express the sadness and heartbreak we feel for all of you.. while the loss is overwhelming right now, hold your memories close because they are everlasting. We will miss him dearly, and we will especially miss his very distinctive laugh. Love and hugs.

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Sharon Thompson Randall

December 5, 2019 at 7:31 pm

Dear Paula and family, I am so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. Please know I will continue to hold you up in prayer. Sending love and hugs to you.

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Penny Pulver Baker

December 5, 2019 at 7:38 pm

Oh Paula, Nooo…

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Rubie Brest

December 5, 2019 at 8:04 pm

Thinking of you and your Family, Paula. I had great memories of both you and him

So sorry to hear, I am in AZ, but certainly will be thinking about you

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Beverly Holmes

December 5, 2019 at 8:20 pm

Paula and family, I’m very sad to read of Phil’s death. May. Your memories comfort you. May God keep you wrapped in his arms.

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Gary & Barb Rhoades

December 5, 2019 at 8:56 pm

We were sorry to hear the sad news of Phil’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paula, Lisa, and the family. We have lots of fond memories of the Bakers, as our children are the same ages as Troy and Lisa. Phil always supported his kids in their athletic and school activities at Otsego, with his positive attitude. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Jon Campbell

December 5, 2019 at 9:33 pm

Paula,

Sorry to hear of your loss.

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Ginger Titus

December 5, 2019 at 10:15 pm

I am sorry Paula to hear of the news of Phil. Considering I just had the opportunity to talk with both of you a few weeks ago after many years!! Thinking of you and Lisa and the whole family.

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Duane & Lynn Bronkema

December 5, 2019 at 10:31 pm

Dear Paula and Family,

Our Hearts are breaking with the losing of Phil so suddenly ! All of you are in our Prayers. Just remember all the great Memories and hold them close to you Heart. We wish all of you Peace and Comfort through this difficult time. God Bless.

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Joyce Johnson Kruithoff

December 6, 2019 at 6:24 am

Prayers for you Paula and your family. I am so saddened and shocked to hear this. Hold tight the memories you and Phil made.

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Mary Brewster

December 6, 2019 at 6:41 am

Paula and Lisa I am so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. My prayers and that of the whole family’s go out to the two of you..

God Bless and Love

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Tim and Marcia Quigley

December 6, 2019 at 7:38 am

Dear Paula and Lisa and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang on to your memories!

Please know that Phil is now a special Angel in Heaven watching over you!

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Dylan & Amy-Jo (Klumpp) Steele

December 6, 2019 at 8:15 am

Paula, Lisa and Family

So very sorry to hear this! Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you all now and in the days to come!

May God be with you all to bring you comfort and strength.

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Julie Abel

December 6, 2019 at 8:28 am

I just heard about your husband’s passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts. I know you will miss him greatly, but also am sure that you have many wonderful memories to help sustain you.

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John and Cindy Fogg

December 6, 2019 at 9:00 am

We are so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing, We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers as you navigate these next difficult weeks.

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Don Holland

December 6, 2019 at 10:33 am

Paula and family,

So sorry to hear of your loss. Phil was a really good friend, classmate, and teammate.

Our class of ’65 will miss him but never forget him!

RIP Phil!

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Sue Hicks Browne

December 6, 2019 at 11:45 am

Paula, I am so stunned and saddened for you

Read Isaiah 41:10 and let it sustain you.

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Arch & Sandy

December 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Dear Paula and family,

So sad to hear of Phil’s passing. Please know that Sandy and I are praying for you all.

God is faithful to His promise and will give you comfort.

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Jim/Barb Sanford

December 6, 2019 at 1:57 pm

So sorry to her Paula. Seems like Phil and I have been friends forever. He was a good friend and teammate!! Always upbeat and ready to have fun! We will miss him greatly!

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Pat Brown Pressley

December 6, 2019 at 2:25 pm

I am so sorry about Phil. We will all miss his quick wit and how much fun he was to be around.

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Sherry (Meacham) & Don Hurlbut

December 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Dear Paula and Family: We were so sorry to learn of Phil’s passing. We were Classmates in high school. I got to know Phil better when we were working on our OHS Class of ‘65 book for our 50th Reunion. He was a good guy and so generous, allowing us to use space in his office building, use of his equipment and covering expense for some of the book. We spent several times working at his office and had some good conversations. Phil, we will miss you and I’m sure many feel the same. Paula, may your memories help you through the difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Rest In Peace, Phil.

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Toni Horton Booth

December 6, 2019 at 4:47 pm

Paula

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Barbara {Hayes}Orr

December 6, 2019 at 6:20 pm

Paula and family sorry for your loss. Been a long time since we graduated know Phil is at peace you are in my prayers. there are many in our class we have lost but a future hope of a resurrection will bring all back together on a more peaceful earth.

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Susan McDonald & Bob Sursely

December 6, 2019 at 6:51 pm

Paula and Family. We were shocked and sad to hear about Phil’s untimely passing. We are thinking of all you during this difficult time. We both have such fond memories of Phil at the golf course. We loved his personality and always enjoyed talking to him. Bob also enjoyed playing with Phil during their golf trips. He will be missed by everyone at Lake Doster.

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JoAnn Burchett

December 6, 2019 at 8:44 pm

Paula, I’m so sorry. May God grant you Peace.

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John Pullen

December 6, 2019 at 9:03 pm

Paula, so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. Phil was a lot of fun during our years in High School. Great Guy !

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Mike & Linda Stone

December 7, 2019 at 9:19 am

Paula & Lisa, Our hearts ache for both of you. Cherish your special memories of Phil and hold onto each other. Remember God does not forget His smallest sparrow. Our thoughts, heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you and the entire family.

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Chuck &Connie Nobis

December 7, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Paula, Phil always brought joy to our Golf trips, I just think about how much fun he was to be around, Especially at Gun Lake. I always had fun when Phil was on on his game. Great Guy. Paula I will miss him, as you will as well. Stay strong.

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Denise Atwood and family.

December 7, 2019 at 4:36 pm

Paula, though I didn’t know Phil I have had the pleasure of getting to know you and am deeply saddened by your loss. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time.

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Joyce McClellan

December 7, 2019 at 9:54 pm

Paula, Lisa and Family,

Thinking of all with love and prayers. Such fond memories of the fun times we had together all those years ago. May GOD comfort you in your time of sorrow. Fondly, Joyce & Dan

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Joyce McClellan

December 7, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Paula, Lisa and Family,

Thinking of all with love and prayers. Such fond memories of the fun times we had together all those years ago. May GOD comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Fondly, Joyce & Dan

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Sandy and Dave Holland

December 8, 2019 at 10:18 am

Paula and family, Dave and I are so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing, We are praying for you, God will hold your hand and help you thru this time and the days to come. It is never easy, just know he is at peace with the Lord, Bless you all.

Hugging you all in our hearts

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Jack Doornbos

December 8, 2019 at 11:29 am

Paula,

I am so sorry to hear about your and your family’s lose. Phil was always a such pleasure to be around and words cannot express my Heart Felt sympathy for you at this time. You have my condolences. I will pray for you. Please remember that friends and family are always there to help you through this time. Let me know if I can help in Anyway.

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Coleman

December 9, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Paula, we are so saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. Our hearts are with you .

Al and Debbi Coleman

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Jeff Struckle

December 9, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Paula,

I am so shocked and saddened to to hear about about Phil’s passing. He is such a special person and I’m so honored to have been able to call him my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dear family.

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Colleen (Kelsey) Ziemer

December 9, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Paula and Family, So sorry to hear of Phil’s death. My sincere condolences.

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Marilyn Root Coffield

December 9, 2019 at 6:05 pm

Paula and Family,

So saddened to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Marilyn Root Coffield

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Frederick L. Anderson

December 10, 2019 at 10:55 am

Paula and Family: It is with a heavy heart we learned about Phils sudden passing. He will be missed by our local community and Lake Doster golfing friends. We had a great friendship having breakfast before work and great times with our golfing experiences. Best wishes to you and family at this difficult time.

Fred and Carol Anderson

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JoAnn Smith Koenig

December 10, 2019 at 6:14 pm

Paula and your family. I was so saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. I so recall the UnWinder, Gerry at the bar with his cocktail and cigarettes, of course, and your lovely mom with her lilting laugh and genuine love

of people. Then you and Phil would drop in with friends and the evening would carry on. Wow, what memories we all have. May God hold you close. My best wishes.

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Richard VanDerhoff Jr.

December 11, 2019 at 10:30 am

Paula, Lisa, and family I am very sorry for your loss. Hard to not think of his unforgettable laugh when I picture him in my mind. Wishing you all love and peace through the coming days.

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Joan Walters

December 11, 2019 at 5:21 pm

Paula and family. So sorry to learn of Phil’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Joan Walters

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Michelle

December 26, 2019 at 11:20 pm

So sorry for your loss, prayers and hugs to you all in this difficult time

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