Ronald "Ron" Baker

Ronald "Ron" Baker


March 10, 1954 - July 29, 2022


Ronald Baker, 68, Mount Vernon, SD died Friday, July 29, 2022, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls after a three year battle with mesothelioma.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, August 1 at 10:00 am at St. John’s Catholic Church in Plankinton, SD. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Ronald Rock Baker was born March 10, 1954, in Mitchell to Donald and Clara (Bussmus) Baker.  He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1972. Ron married his high school sweetheart, Debra Overweg March 15, 1974. He was a third-generation farmer and now passed on to his sons. He was the Mount Vernon Cemetery Sexton for 30 years, where he began digging graves by hand just out of high school. Ron was also a member of the National Trappers Association for 40 plus years, Mount Vernon Township board member, and St. Michael’s church board.

Ron’s best memories were shared with his family. He always said the unplanned get-togethers were the best. He enjoyed working the melon fields including the harvesting and long visits with his friends at Fordham Hutterite Colony and Rockport Colony. He loved working cattle, especially with his kids and even his son-in-law and daughters-in-law. He said, “working cattle together is the best form of family counseling, if you can make it through that, you can make it through anything.”

Ron is survived by his wife of 48 years, Debra; three children: Matthew (Jolene) Baker and their children: Anna, Emily, and Zach; Kyle (Ashley) Baker and their children: Hallie and Hudson; Kelly (Kenneth) Glanzer and their children: Corbin, Carter, and Clara; brothers, Dean Baker, Duane (Nan) Baker, Larry (Cheryl) Baker; sisters-in-law, Jan (Glenn) Lambert, Julie (James) Newton; and four aunts: Shirley (Baker) Fiala, Helen (Bussmus) Ripp, Donna (Busmuss) Wilkie, and Doris (Bussmus) Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law, Dirk and Anna Overweg and sister-in-law, Kathy Baker.


Monday, August 1, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
St. John’s Catholic Church
308 E 3rd St
Plankinton, SD 57368


Monday, August 1, 2022
10:00 AM
St. John’s Catholic Church
308 E 3rd St
Plankinton, SD 57368


Mt. Vernon Cemetery
Mt. Vernon, SD

Posted by Barb Smith on August 11, 2022
My thoughts are with the family. I share the pain you feel.
Posted by Karen Tollefson on August 3, 2022
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.
Posted by Carol Pollard Hoogestraat on August 2, 2022
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ron was a great guy. I loved babysitting for you guys.
He will be missed.
Posted by Renae Kreth Eidenshink on August 1, 2022
Deb and Family, My deepest sympathy to you all, Ron was a thoughtful, kind man. I had not seen him for quite a while and ran into you both at a restaurant three years ago and he immediately was so welcoming. He left a legacy to take time for family and friends. Prayers for comfort and peace for you all. Renae
Posted by Jeff and Kathy Fouberg on August 1, 2022
Our prayers are with you !
Posted by Jack Earl on August 1, 2022
Our sympathy to your family.
Posted by Wayne and Kristie Haines on July 31, 2022
Ron and I were the same age and enjoyed high school competition. Proud to call him a friend .a wounderful family legacy is left behind
Posted by Katherine Walz on July 31, 2022
My Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
God Bless
Posted by Bernie & Rosalie Weber on July 31, 2022
Our deepest sympathy, prayers. hugs to all of you. May you find comfort knowing God is here to be near you God Bless
Posted by Joe and Helen Puetz on July 31, 2022
Deb and family. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Ruby VanScharrel on July 31, 2022
So sorry to hear of Ron's death. Altho we aren't in touch very often, I think of you often. Ron looked like his mom! Please accept our sympathy. We pray that God will give you strength for upcoming days. Ruby VanScharrel, distant cousin, Howard, SD
Posted by Tim and Millie Wermers on July 30, 2022
DEB. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Kyle Wermers on July 30, 2022
Deb & Family, May you all find comfort in the fact that you WILL see Ron again someday. God Bless
Posted by Ted on July 29, 2022
Deb & family, God be near you all during this time of such profound loss.
Ron had such a big heart!
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