WEST SALEM — Thomas “Tom” G. Baker, 62, of West Salem passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born Aug. 21, 1949, in Ironwood, Mich., to Gordon and Marilyn (Anderson) Baker. Tom was a 1967 graduate of Crystal Falls High School in Crystal Falls, Mich. He attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., for three years. In 1984, Tom then moved to Stevens Point, Wis., where he attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Mid-State Technical College. He was currently employed at Braun Intertec in La Crosse as a geotechnical engineer. On Oct. 23, 2004, Tom married Dona (Kastenschmidt) Horstman at Christ Ev. Lutheran Church in West Salem, where he was a current member. Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, vacationing to the Dominican Republic, making wine and venison sausage, and playing with his grandchildren whom he loved so much.
Survivors include his wife, Dona; his son, Bryan (Kelly) Baker and their children, Ethan, Christian, Paul, Cassie, Carl, and Patrick, all of Rosholt, Wis., his daughter, Heather (Adam) Felzer of Tomahawk, Wis., his daughter, Sarah (Don) Korstanje and their children, Joanna and Taylor, all of West Salem, his daughter, Jessica (Carl) Ziemer and their children, Justin and Carl, all of Eagle Lake, Minn., and his son, Matthew (Mileen) Horstman of Onalaska; his mother, Marilyn Baker of Crystal Falls, Mich.; his mother-in-law, Doris Kastenschmidt of West Salem; his three sisters, Susan Aberly of Norway, Mich., Diane (Larry) Thorpe of Ontonagon, Mich., and Jayne (Doug) Schmidt of Big Rapids, Mich.; his two brothers-in-law, Rick (Lori) Kastenschmidt of West Salem and Mark (Kay) Kastenschmidt of Bangor, Wis.; his sister-in-law, Amy (Mike) Froemming of Land O’ Lakes, Mich.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his father; his infant daughter, Adriene L. Baker; his father-in-law, Donald “Casey” Kastenschmidt; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Christ Ev. Lutheran Church, 500 Park St., West Salem. Pastor Joel Stuebs will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Jostad Chapel), 121 N. Youlon St., West Salem, and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Christ Ev. Lutheran Church, West Salem, or to the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, La Crosse. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, who cared for Tom.