Sherlan J. Baker, 82, of Willmar, died Wednesday, December 16th at Carris Health Rice Hospital in Willmar. His graveside service will be 1:00 pm, Tuesday, December 22nd at Clover Leaf Cemetery in Willmar. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Willmar Assembly of God or a memorial of your choice. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. www.hafh.org
Sherlan John Baker was born to Charles and Vila (Krueger) Baker on October 4, 1938, in Kandiyohi County. He grew up on his family’s farm where he started working at a young age. He attended country school in Kerkhoven until the 6th grade. He then attended Willmar Senior High School where he also played football. Following his schooling, Sherlan enlisted in the US Navy where he served for 10 years. After being honorably discharged from the Navy he served in the Army Reserve for 17 years, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. On October 18, 1958, Sherlan married Sharon Baklund at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church. After marriage, they spent 10 years in the Navy, living in California, Florida, and Tennessee, and returned to Willmar, MN, in 1969. They became members at the Assembly of God in Willmar. Sherlan started working at Willmar Electric in the early 70’s and started Baker Electric in 1977 where he worked until his retirement in 2003. In retirement, Sherlan enjoyed woodcarving, traveling with Sharon across the country, and driving tour bus. He was also passionate about hunting. He took many trips to Canada, Alaska and even Africa where he hunted Moose, Elk, Grizzly Bear among many other animals. Sherlan was active at the Willmar Assembly of God where he served on the church council for many years.
Sherlan is survived by his children: Randy (Kris) Baker of Willmar, Brenda Clark of Raymond, and Ronald (Julie) Baker of Willmar; grandchildren: Drew Baker, Allison Baker, Trevor Andree, Dustin (Kayla) Andree, Brock Baker, and Joselyn Baker; and one great-grandson on the way. He is also survived by his siblings: Chuck (Jane) Baker, and Dan (Diane) Baker.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; parents; and siblings: Phillip and Delbert.