Lyle Merlin Baker, 86, Hays, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 16, 1933, in Syracuse to Paul and Doris (Clore) Baker. He grew up on a farm near Kendall. He graduated from Syracuse High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University.

He married Janis Liggett on July 12, 1952, in Syracuse. His life career was in real estate and insurance before he retired. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War.

He was a sport enthusiast playing football and basketball in high school and football for Garden City Community College. He played baseball in the summers. He enjoyed watching ESPN and old westerns and spending time with his family. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Scott Baker (Karen Baker), Argonia ; two daughters, Cindy Dickey and Debra Creamer, both of Hays; two grandchildren, Chelsea Dickey (Bill Werth), Munjor, and Joshua Creamer (Phoenix Hobdell), Hays; and nine great-grandchildren

He was preceeded in death by his parents; a daughter, Shelby Baker; a sister, Joyce Maxey; and a grandson Jordan Schreurs.

A celebration of life will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, Hays; graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Mountain time Saturday in Syracuse cemetery.