George Leslie Baker, 88, longtime missionary to Haiti and former Iola resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, in Tampa, Fla.
He was born June 21, 1920, in Iola, to William Warner and Ada Mae (Thurston) Baker. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Iola in the Carpenter district. He attended Bible Baptist College in Springfield, Mo.
In 1945, he married Floya Lee Lorance in Eureka. They made their home in the Geneva area before moving to Wichita, then to Dodge City before making their home at Holland, Mich. She died in 2003.
He served as a minister before entering the missionary field. He had served in Haiti for more 30 years.
He attended the Iola Baptist Temple when visiting in Iola.
He is survived by two daughters, Judy Bass and her husband, Jerry, and Debbie King, Iola; a grandson, Steve Mikuski, Iola; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A sister, Mary A. Jones, three brothers, Raymond, Guy and Merrill, and an infant brother died earlier.
Cremation has taken place.
Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapels in Iola. Chaplain Lloyd W. Houk will officiate.
Memorials to Iola Baptist Temple for Missions may be left at the funeral home.
Condolences for the family may be left online at iolafuneral.com.