Joshua C. Baker, 39, of Pender, NE died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Pender Community Hospital in Pender, NE. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church; Pastor Karen McNeil-Utecht will be officiating. The visitation will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender. Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery of Pender. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Pender.
Josh was born on December 22, 1979, in Pender, NE, the son of Brian and Val (Carlson) Baker. He attended school in Pender, graduating in 1998. Following graduation, he attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE, majoring in auto body repair. On July 26, 2003, Josh was united in marriage to Kristina Batenhorst at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pender. To this union two children were born, Liberty Diane and Linkin Cade. Josh was currently working for the Village of Pender.
He was an active member of the Pender Volunteer Fire and Rescue, enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, riding motorcycles, throwing darts and camping. He also loved spending time with his family and friends and hanging out with them in the garage.
Josh is survived by his wife, Kristina; daughter, Liberty; son, Linkin; parents, Brian and Val Baker of Wakefield; sister, Savanna (Micah) Groteluschen of Ashland, NE, and their children Peyton and Jaycee; grandparents, Karen Dahlman and Cindy Baker of Pender, NE; in-laws, Kenneth and Marjorie Batenhorst of West Point, NE; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Pat (Jennifer) Batenhorst of West Point, NE, Paula Doesschott (Jeff Johnson) of Omaha, NE, Mike (Tiffany) Batenhorst, of Rising City, NE, Brad (Stephanie) Batenhorst of Blair, NE, Anna (Hector) Chasco of El Paso, TX; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Darrel Baker, Delores and Erwin Carlson; uncle, Douglas Carlson; aunts, Cynthia Kubik and Carol Cameron.