John and E. Jeraldine Baker of Marissa celebrated their 60th anniversary on October 3, 2013 with their family at home.
John and the former E. Jeraldine Reeves were married on October 3, 1953 at the ministers home in E. St. Louis, IL by Rev. D.J. Zimmerlee.
John is a retired Bridge and Wharf Carpenter and a member of The First Baptist Church of Marissa.
Jerry is a homemaker and is retired from Sparta Walmart and she is a member of The First Baptist Church of Marissa.
They have 8 children: John III (Pam) Baker of Marissa, IL; Mary (Scott) Gosnell of Kirkwood, MO; Karen (Hubie) Kruse of Smithton, IL; Karl (Nina) Baker of Hemer, Germany; Diana (Eddie) Kane of Marissa, IL; Bill (Sharmilla) Baker of Libertyville, IL; Liz (Marty) Kehoe of St. Libory, IL; and Becky (Glenn) Pearl of St. Louis, MO.
They have 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.