Mancil Lee “Doc” Baker, Jr., 74, of Mexico, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at Arnold Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Doc was born on May 2, 1944 in Macon, the son of Mancil Lee Baker, Sr. and Wilma Boydstun Baker. On June 28, 1968 in Mexico, he married Mary Jean McDonald.

Survivors include his mother, Wilma Baker of Mexico; his wife of 50 years, Mary Jean Baker of Mexico; three daughters, Tina Baker of Mexico, Marilyn (Chris) Newman of Mexico, and Nancy (Lee) Nichols of Laddonia; six grandchildren, Ryan and Morgan Beasley, both of Columbia, Michael and Jordan Newman, both of Mexico, and Amber and Erin Nichols, both of Laddonia; his sister, Vivian (Larry) Hager of Rush Hill; four brothers, Joe (Bonnie) Baker of Mexico, Jim Baker of Moberly, Charley (Diane) Baker of Mexico, and Roy Baker of Mexico; two sisters in-law, Charlotte Baker of Mexico and Linda Baker of Moberly; one aunt, Shirley Closser of Macon; and many nieces and nephews.

At the age of 18, he made a pack with his two best friends, Ronnie Wells and Tom Duvall, to join the United States Marine Corps and the Vietnam War. After returning from the war, he worked along side his father, several brothers and friends, at the Mexico brick plant as a maintenance mechanic until National Refractories closed their doors in 2001. He then worked for Fulton State Hospital until retirement.

In his younger years, he enjoyed camping, racing and spending time with his friends and family. In his later years, his favorite pastime was with his two buddies, Jake and Kelly, and bragging on his grandkids that he was so proud of.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mancil Baker, Sr.; two brothers, Bill Baker and Bob Baker; two nephews, Kenneth Baker and Jason Baker; and nieces, Amanda and Carrie Baker.

Memorial donations may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home, c/o Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.

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