J. â€œDougâ€ Baker, J., 38, of St. Charles, Â passed away unexpectedly, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.
He was born Oct. 9, 1972, in Moline, Ill., the son of Jack and Mary Jo (Gramenz) Baker.
Doug grew up in Sherrard, Ill., and attended local schools. He graduated from Sherrard High School in 1991. Doug continued his education at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., and focused on landscape architecture and horticulture.
In August of 2000, Doug met Alysia Willis, the love of his life, through mutual friends. They were united in marriage on Jan. 20, 2001, and began their new life together in Arlington Heights, Ill., for a time before moving to their present home in St. Charles. Along the way they were blessed with three beautiful children, Grace, Erin and Henry.
After college Doug was employed by McKay Nursery, and in 2001 started his own business, Bakerâ€™s Landscape and Design. He continued to serve as an independent sales representative for McKay Nursery in Waterloo, Wis., Â where he maintained a large network of friends and colleagues.
Doug was a lifelong lover of the outdoors.Â He spent his childhood in the garden alongside his dad, and exploring the wide-open beauty of the fields and woods surrounding his family home. He had a passion for nature, an eye for beauty, and a heart for honest, hard work. These combined in a gift for creating beautiful places in nature. He found joy and purpose in a day’s work, and inÂ sharing simple blessings with his family. He was infectious with optimism and laughter, cheerful and caring to all who crossed his path. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was faithful and strong like the sturdy oak trees he so loved. He was adored by, and happiest in, the presence of his children, who will forever be “Daddy’s girls,” and his “little Dude.”
He is survived by his loving wife, Alysia, and three children, Grace, Erin and Henry; his mother, Mary Jo Baker; two sisters, Melissa (Mike) Peters, and their children, Jack and Sophie, all of Hinckley, and Jill Baker of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one brother, Greg (Meagan) Baker, and their son Kody, of Sherrard, Ill.; many aunts, uncles, cousins and family of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Peter John, in infancy.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, Ill. A service to celebrate his life will follow visitation at 7 p.m. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date.
In lieu flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his childrenâ€™s education. Checks may be made to the â€œDoug Baker Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.