John W. Baker

January 23, 1956 ~ September 14, 2020 (age 64)


John Wayne baker was born January 23,1956, in Kansas City, MO. John was preceded in death by his parents, John Webb, JR and Ruthie Brown and his brother, Wayne Baker.

During this childhood, John was raised in the church and sang in the church choir.

John was educated in the Kansas City Public School System. After graduating, John served his country, by entering into the United States Army. John was able to travel and gained his associates in Business, minor in Physical Education, from Los Angelos Community College.

John returned back to Kansas City and held down steady employment Including Ford, Xerox, House of Lloyd (in which he would meet his future wife) and at this time of his death, General Motors.

John was the father of three children, 2 daughters, Tiyonshia Baker, Jahnee Baker (Kansas City, MO) and one son, John Baker (Kansas City, MO). John was the grandfather of Marcel Carter and Tiandrea Ware.

John married his loving and faithful wife, Dorothy and their blended family included 1 daughter, Jacquelyn Sullivan, (Atlanta, GA) two sons, Richard Highsmith (Johnice) of Grandview, MO and Henry Myles, Jr of San Jose, CA. And eight grandchildren: Jackeya (James) Stancliff of Clarksville, TN, Corey Highsmith, Richard Highsmith, JR, both of Grandview, MO. Jada Sullivan of Japan, Latrice Scott, Regina Highsmith, Tiffany Scott, Latonia Cartwright all of Grandview, MO. And thirteen great grandchildren.

John was a God-fearing family man, and never thought twice about helping his loved ones in need. John showed his love to others through his hospitality. John was always willing to help those in need, even if it was advice and a kind word.

John always welcomed you in his home, with a smile and made sure you left, with a full stomach.

John loved playing around with the latest tech gadgets, especially those for the kitchen. John was always cooking up something, whether it be a new dry rub, greens in his new appliance or being a master on the grill. John loved to cater to his family. John was an avid bowler, and played with many teams including the Jive turkeys’ and has won several rings and championships.

He considered himself a ‘movie buff’ and always had a new show to talk about or a new movie to recommend. John was the ‘unofficial’ photographer for family events. John loved catching memories and taking surprise photos, that would showcase his love for life and his family. John also had a creative side, in which he wrote books, created personal cards and musical programs and photo dvds.

John leaves to cherish his legacy, his loving wife, Dorothy, 2 sisters, Shelia A. Taylor (LeAnthony), Felicia R. Harris (Victor) both of Kansas City, MO. 2 brothers, Leroy K. Baker (Carol) of Shreveport, LA and Felix L. Baker of Kansas City. And a host of loved ones who will cherish the memories they share.

We understand that God gifted us an angel, not a perfect man, but one who demonstrated true love on Earth.


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September 20, 2020

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Serenity Funeral Home LLC
1101 E Bannister Rd
Kansas City, MO 64131

Funeral Service
September 20, 2020

11:00 AM
Serenity Funeral Home LLC
1101 E Bannister Rd
Kansas City, MO 64131

Graveside Service
September 22, 2020

10:00 AM
Leavenworth National Cemetery
150 Muncie Rd
Leavenworth, KS 66048

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