Ival Olin Baker

Baker, I webDecember 1921 ~ February 2013

Ival Olin Baker of Ripon went home to be with His Lord and savior on February 8, 2013. Ival was born December 8, 1921 in Green Forest, Arkansas to Loss and Ola Baker. The family came to California in 1932 and settled in Turlock, where, as the oldest son, he worked as a farmhand to help support his parents, five brothers and two sisters. Ival enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 after Pearl Harbor and served five years in the China, Burma, India campaign as a field currier for General Joseph Stilwell. He married Lila Thiessen in 1941 before being shipped overseas.

After the war he worked as a carpenter and a butcher before beginning a 32 year career as a Southern Pacific brakeman/conductor. He moved his family to Tracy, CA in 1952. In 1972, he moved to Roseville where he retired from the railroad. He was an avid and skilled golfer with six holes-in-one. He was also a pilot. Ival received Christ as his savior at 76 and from that point forward he said, “Jesus is the best friend I ever had.”

Ival is survived by his loving wife, Lila of 70 years; daughter Carolyn (George) Johnson and sons Larry Baker and Wayne (Linda) Baker; sister Veva (Marvin) Larson. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, Loss and Ola Baker; brothers Paul Baker, Don Baker, Bill Baker, Clay Baker and LeRoy Baker and half-sister Clyde.

Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to Multiple Sclerosis. Viewing will be held at Allen Mortuary on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 3:00-8:00p.m. Funeral will also be at Allen Mortuary on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1:00p.m. Please share your memories at www.allenmortuary.com.


  1. I enjoyed listening to Ival tell the old stories he had stored up. He respected Gen. Stilwell to the utmost just by listening to Ival talk. I loved and respected Ival. He was a good man and I know he is at peace with Jesus now and all eternity. My prayers are with the family. May God give all of you peace through this.

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