Charles “Chuck” Baker
Graveside funeral services for Charles “Chuck” Baker, 62, of Eagle Butte, SD, formerly of Wakpala, SD, were held Monday, March 4th at 3:00 p.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis. Visitation was held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Monday, March 4th at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eagle Butte. Chuck passed away February 28, 2013 in Rapid City. Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge entrusted with arrangements.www.stoutfamilyfh.com
Charles Baptiste Baker was born January 29, 1951 at home near Wakpala, South Dakota to Robert and Ella Jane (Gabe) Baker. He grew up and attended school in Wakpala and at the Pierre Indian Learning Center.
After school, Chuck, as he was often called, was drafted into the Marines, but chose instead to enlist in the U.S. Navy (his father was a Navy man) in Sioux Falls. Chuck served in Vietnam, and was stationed aboard the USS Lloyd Thomas.
After his discharge in 1971, Chuck moved to Eagle Butte where he worked for a short time with the BIA school system. He then went into the relocation program to California, graduating from programs where he learned body and fender work and interior and exterior design.
Chuck came back to Standing Rock in the late 1970’s where he learned how to operate and maintain heavy equipment. He worked for several contractors doing roadwork on Cheyenne River and on I-90 for many years and as an expert roller operator.
Chuck moved to Eagle Butte in the 1980’s, marrying Karen Kinser in 1985. Shortly thereafter, he began working in facilities management for the BIA as a janitor in the jail and other offices. At one point, Chuck suffered heat stroke, later taking a medical retirement. He had been in further failing health the past three years.
Those left to mourn his passing include his wife of 28 years, Karen Kinser of Eagle Butte; his daughters, April Walking Bull of Wakpala, SD, Brenda (Markos) Fernandez of Pierre, SD and Luvuya Jade Baker of Eagle Butte along with five grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Francine Hartley of Sioux Falls, SD, Azalea (Richard) White Horse of Vermillion, SD, Francis (Tracy) Baker and Patrick (Robin) Baker of McLaughlin, SD and Lyle Baker of Wakpala, SD.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ella Jane and his siblings, Franklin Baker, Annette Phillips, Kathy Costello, Robert C. Baker, Sr., Carol DeLeon and several others in infancy.