Obituary for Gary Russell Baker

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Gary Russell Baker, 73, of Onalaska, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on April 26, 1945 to Orlando and Lenora (Anderson) Baker. On July 31, 1965 he married his high school sweetheart, Susan Harper.
Gary was an avid FORD man. He liked spending time at his shop, Gary’s Repair Service. He enjoyed building things, working on cars, snowmobiling, NASCAR, drinking PBR, and he loved boating, but hated the water.
Gary is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan; his three children, Jeff (Tami) Baker, Andy (Mandy) Baker, Katie (Craig) Kohlmeier; his 8 grandchildren, Julia (Shorty), Carlie, Marissa, Taylor and Brandon Baker, and Shane, Ben and Nick Kohlmeier;
Gary was proceeded in death by his parents; father in-law, Fred Albers; mother in-law, Lucille Albers; and his brother in-law, Doug Harper.
We would like to thank all the doctors and nurses from Gundersen Lutheran for all the years of care for Gary. A special thank you to Debbie Baker for the special care you gave to Gary, you were his favorite.
A funeral service will be held for Gary on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Dickinson Family Funeral Home (401 Main St, Onalaska) with Pastor Scott Skogen officiating the service. Burial will be at the Onalaska Cemetery following the service. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 5 until 7 p.m and again on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. Dickinson Family Funeral Home of Onalaska is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be shared with the family at