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Obituaries from the week of Jan. 6, 2010

Kevin Baker, 51

Kevin Lloyd Baker age 51 of Revere passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church.  There will be a private family interment held at a later date.  Electronic condolences may be sent via  The Walnut Grove Funeral Home  handled the arrangements.

Kevin Baker was born February 12, 1958 in Slayton, MN to Miles and Beverly (Knutsen) Baker.  He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1976, and enlisted in the US Air Force in September 1976.  Kevin served in Texas, California and Berlin, Germany before receiving his honorable discharge in May 1981. 

While in the service, Kevin was united in marriage to Rhae Bain in Pacific Grove, CA on June 18, 1977.  After the service, the couple returned to the Walnut Grove Area.  Kevin attended Willmar Vo-Tec from 1982 to 1984 studying food service.  He has worked in food service since then.  Kevin was active in the Francis Harnack American Legion Post 582.  He enjoyed bowling, hunting, playing pool and darts, and watching all sports.

Kevin is survived by his wife Rhae of 32 years; son Miles Baker of Revere; daughter Tina (Randall) Cheuvront of Minneapolis; grandchildren: Jeffrey, Michelle, Kevin, and Ashley; brother Dean (Sharon) Baker and family of Revere; good friend Mary Newberg of Tracy; and many other relatives and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, grandson Christopher and his favorite dog Bailey.