Genevieve Baker
February 19, 1922 - June 30, 2022

Gen Baker - September 1973 in the new high school office

Visitation Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ohde Funeral Home, Manning
Funeral Service on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Ohde Funeral Home in Manning
Pastor Jonathan Conner, Officiating
Recorded Music "The Lord's My Shepherd" and "The King of Love My Shepherd Is"
Casket Bearers are Gen's Family and Friends
Burial 11:30 AM at Manning Cemetery, Manning


Genevieve Katherine, daughter of John and Rosa (Reissen) Christiansen, was born February 19, 1922, on a farm in Kenwood, Iowa. Gen grew up in Charter Oak until the age of 12, when she moved with her family to Denison. After graduating from Denison High School, Gen worked one year at the AAA office (now Consolidated Farm Service Agency). For the next seven years, she worked at Western Auto as a bookkeeper.

It was during this time that she met her future husband Walter Baker while roller skating in Denison. Walter became a member of the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Canada. During his first furlough, the couple was united in marriage on March 12, 1944, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Gen wasn't allowed to go where he was stationed and she continued to work. After Walter was discharged at the end of World War II, he returned to Denison and became a grocer. Gen occasionally helped him in the business which took them to several different communities until they settled in Manning where they built a home in 1965.

Gen is probably best remembered for the 30 years she worked at the Manning School. She was secretary for the school district superintendent for 17 years for Paul Bjorkgren, and then became secretary for high school Principal Don Ringgenberg. In 1977, Walter died suddenly while opening the grocery store. In 1996, Gen decided to return to her hometown of Denison.

On Thursday, June 30, 2022, Gen passed away at Accura of Manning, at the age of 100 years, 4 months, and 11 days.

Besides her parents, Gen was preceded in death by her husband Walter; siblings: Arthur Christiansen, Mary Louise Christiansen, Philip Christiansen, Edgar Christiansen, Norma Juhl, and Lois Arnholtz.

Gen is survived by two sons: Ronald Baker and wife Marilyn of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Darrel Baker and wife Jacqueleen of Sioux City; four grandchildren: Therese, Nichole, Nathan and Matthew; eight great-grandchildren; siblings: Dorothy Smith, of Nixa, Missouri; Dr. Richard Christiansen of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Janet Miller of Grand Junction, Colorado; and Donna Jack of Phoenix, Arizona; other relatives and friends.

Walter M. Baker was born May 27, 1921 at Dunlap, Iowa the son of Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Baker. He was educated in the Dunlap Community Schools, played football, basketball and was a member of the band and active in various other organizations receiving letters upon graduation with the class of 1939.
Walter entered the service on December 26, 1942 and after basic training he attended a Engineering & Operations School at Ft. Collins, Colorado. On July 22, 1943, he was stationed with the Air Transport Command at White Horse Canada where he performed duties as an Operations Clerk. He worked as secretary to the adjutant of an A.A.B. As such typed all correspondence, also did the same work as message center chief, handling and distributing official correspondence. Made up all forms necessary with officer promotions, filed all information and personnel records for the officers. Awards received were American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory medal World War II.
Later he was transferred to Edmonton, Canada where he performed the same duties. Walter was discharged on December 15, 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. Canada was considered overseas at this time and he stated the ATC was sending planes to Russia in the war effort.
Walter purchased the Manning Food Market at Manning, after being employed as manager in various Council Oak Stores and felt Manning was his home until his sudden death on March 3, 1977. He was a member of the Manning American Legion and VFW and is resting in the Manning Cemetery.
His Son Ronald is Pastor of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Co. and his son Darrel was a Naval Doctor serving on the U.S. Carl Vincent until retiring from the service and has a practice Oral Surgery Associates at Sioux City, Iowa. His wife Genevieve is residing in Denison since her retirement from the Manning Community Schools.


Darrel Baker MHS 1969

Darrel A. Baker was born January 22, 1951, in Sioux City, Iowa. He graduated from Manning High School in 1969 having participated in school government, basketball, track, band, vocal music, and plays.

Darrel attended the University of Iowa and entered the College of Dentistry in 1971 with only two years undergraduate studies. He obtained a scholarship from the United States Navy and upon graduation in 1975 was commissioned.

Duty Stations Included: Sandpoint Naval Support Activity, Seattle, Washington; 3RD FSSG, 3RD Marines, Okinawa, Japan; Naval Security Group, Winter Harbor, Maine; Naval Regional Medical Center, Oakland, California, oralmaxillofacial surgery residency; USS Carl Vinson, CVN-70 two WESTPAC cruises; US Naval Hospital, Groton, Connecticut.

Decorations & Awards: Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal.

After 13 years of active duty Darrel resigned his commission with the rank of Commander. He missed Iowa and had too much separation from family. He became Board Certified in 1986 and joined a private practice in Sioux City, Iowa where he still lives and works. He maintains membership in the American Legion and the US Navy Memorial support group.

As a civilian, Darrel takes great pride in his family: Jackie his wife, his sons Nathan a professor at Washington University Medical School, and Matthew a professional musician in London, England. Darrel is active in church, school, and civic matters. He was a long time Boy Scout leader, president and elder of Faith Lutheran Church, past president of the Iowa Society of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons.


Gen Baker - September 1973 in the new high school office

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