Richard Daniel Baker, age 86, of Martin, S.D. passed away at his home on November 5, 2023.
Richard was born on April 16,1937 to Alex and Marie (Jelly) Baker in Gordon, Nebr. He grew up on the family farm north of Vetal. He attended Pleasant Valley School where his mom Marie was a teacher. He joined the US Army in 1957 and enjoyed serving until 1960. While in the service, he received the Sharpshooter Badge (rifle), the Expert Badge (3.5 rocket launcher) and the Good Conduct Medal.
Richard’s first marriage was to Melva Hoblit in 1965, and they had two daughters, Maneen and Tory. He married his lifelong love Cindy Evenson on October 6, 1973, and they had two sons; Thad and Falle.
Richard started his career in construction with his friend Leo Lowe. He specialized in dirt preparation and finishing. He was involved in the construction of many schools, buildings and roads across the reservation. He spent the majority of his career employed by R&S Construction, GBA, and Doug O’Bryan Contracting. He made lifelong friends with the people he worked with.
Richard loved hunting and fishing, and often had a house full of friends and family through hunting season. He also loved growing and spending time in his garden and was generous in sharing his produce with people in the community. One of his favorite activities was meeting friends at the H&H to play cribbage and tell stories.
Richard is survived by his sister, Elaine McPherson; daughter, Maneen Baker; sons, Thad (Cally) Baker, and Falle Baker; grandchildren, Gage, Chase, Alex, Hayden, and Hallie; great grandson, Colton; several nieces and nephews; and his dog Pete. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Marie; his wife Cindy; and his daughter Tory.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 10, 2023, at the Martin American Legion, burial in the Martin Community Cemetery. Bennett County Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.