Michael Baker of Lincoln passed away at age 73 after fighting pancreatic cancer for over 5 years. Michael was in the U.S. Army and spent 47 weeks at the Defense Language Institute learning Vietnamese prior to serving in Viet Nam. He earned his B.S. at the University of South Carolina and his M.A. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A retired educator who was National Board Certified in History, his calling was to help students think critically about the world. He sent his children to school each day reminding them to “ask good questions” as he felt that asking questions was as important as knowing the answers.
As the son of a Navy Captain, Michael lived all over the U.S. and usually near an ocean. He loved the water and sailed around the Caribbean throughout his twenties. Michael’s passion was playing (and watching) golf and was a fervent Red Sox fan. He hosted several radio programs on KZUM; DeadPhish featuring jam music and Room 101 devoted to educational issues.
Married to Nancy Rowch for 41 years, he is also survived by his daughter Devon Baker and her husband Matthew Hutton of Lincoln; his son Collin Baker and his partner Edith Adams of Los Angeles. He is survived by his brother-in-law Alan Rowch and his wife, Kathi of Omaha, his sister-in-law Cindy Schumacher of Lincoln, his sister Susan Watts of Palm Beach, FL, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Captain Lawrence H. Baker and Janie F. Baker of Indialantic, FL.
Michael, we love you infinity giants. Sweet dreams.
Celebration of Life Information: Wednesday, June 15 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course. Casual dress. Masks are encouraged.
Donations in memory of Michael may be sent to the Capital Humane Society or the Cat House of Lincoln. Please no flowers. Instead share a story about Michael with someone you love.
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