Richard Max Baker, D.V.M., departed from this earth to be in the presence of His Lord and Savior Aug. 2, 2006. He was surrounded and supported by his loving wife Cindy and daughters Dr. Kimberley Lovelace and Heather Napier and their families. Dr. Baker was born in Guymon, Okla., to T.J. and Dessie Copp Baker Dec. 7, 1939. After attending Unity Grade School and Guymon High School, Dr. Baker enlisted in the Navy, serving his country faithfully for four and one-half years. As an Eagle Scout and a true patriot, Dr. Baker was proud to have served in the United States military.
After his honorable discharge, Dr. Baker returned to his hometown and enrolled in Panhandle State University. Ever the entrepreneur, Dr. Baker opened the first "Pizza Cellar" in Guymon and, upon graduation, was accepted into Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he specialized in equine medicine. While working toward his degree, Dr. Baker married Cindy Hohweiler in 1965, and to their union were born two daughters, Kimberley Rae and Heather Renee. "Doc Baker," as he was known by his colleagues and his friends became a well-respected equine veterinarian at racetracks in both Raton and Hot Springs, Ark.
Dr. Baker is survived by his wife, Cindy, his daughters, Kim Lovelace and Heather Napier, and granddaughter Chloe. Dr. Baker is also survived by his sisters Doris Nelson and Elois Nowels, and his brother Garry Baker, and their families. Dr. Baker will be welcomed in heaven by his parents, grandparents and many other family members. Dr. Baker will be greatly missed by all those whom he left behind. Throughout his life he always kept a sweet attitude and a contagious smile.
The Baker family extends their gratitude to all of their church family and the Hospice caregivers who were so very kind through the most difficult time of Dr. Baker's life. The visitation was held at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home, in Hot Springs, Ark., Aug. 4. The services for Dr. Baker were Aug. 5 at Lakeshore Heights Baptist Church. The internment ceremony was held at Elm Hurst Cemetery in Guymon, Okla., Aug. 7. In lieu of flowers, the Baker family asks that you make a donation to Voice of the Martyrs by calling 918-337-8015 or by mailing to P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005.