|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1921|
|Death: ||Dec. 17, 2008|
Alva L. Baker, age 87, of Keota, died Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at Halcyon House in Washington, following a brief illness. Alva was born August 29, 1921, in Clear Creek Township, Kownship, Keokuk County, Iowa, the only son of Peter and Ursula (Redlinger) Baker.
Alva attended SS. Peter & Paul Catholic school. His father died when he was nine years old. At the young age of 16 he began farming the family farm and continued for 50 years. Alva was an avid conservationist, always finding new ways to conserve the land. He built the first field terraces in Clear Creek Township with a tractor and loader and two bottom plow. The terraces are still being used today on this Century Farm cared for by the Baker family since 1876. Alva received the District Soil Conservation Award in 1958 and again in 1991. On November 27, 1946, Alva married Isabelle Hammes at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in rural Harper, Iowa. Alva was a life long member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church where he volunteered much work, served on the Parish Council three terms, serving as president two terms, worked on various committees and was caretaker of the SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery where through his efforts many improvements were made to the present cemetery grounds. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Alva was a loving husband, father and grandfather, the light of our lives and the love of our hearts.
Those left to mourn his passing are: wife of 62 years, Isabelle Baker, children: Robert and wife Marcia of Leesburg, VA., Richard and wife Barbara of Keota, IA., Thomas and wife Donna of Richland, IA. and Brenda Vittetoe and husband Robert of Washington, IA.; son-in-law: Marlin Greiner of Keota, IA.; 18 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Alva was preceded in death by: parents, daughter: Bonnie Greiner and great grandson: Kolten Kingsbury.
Burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemeteries-SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Clear Creek Township, IA..
Isabelle E. Hammes Baker (1923 - 2012)*
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery
Created by: CPR
Record added: Feb 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85131838
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Added: Feb. 18, 2012