Trust the Torch!

James (Jim) E. Baker

James (Jim) E. Baker, 55, of Woodstock, Ill., passed away on Oct. 5 unexpectedly in his home.

Jim was born on Aug. 16, 1963, to Harold E. and Crystal A. (Scott) Baker in Woodstock, Ill. He attended Woodstock High School.

Shortly after Jim graduated high school, he started delivering pizzas for Napoli Pizza, where he later ended up buying the business from Dino in 1985. His love for the community was inexpressible. From donations to numerous organizations, always taking care of the first responders, and making sure that all of the schools had food for every event. He touched so many lives, and was always there to feed families in need or mourning. Jim took a little pizza joint located in Woodstock to a place where everyone would come and feel at home. His smile and generosity were larger than life.

He loved to spend time with his children, and was always involved with all their sports and academics. He enjoyed spending time with his family, but most of all spoiling his granddaughters. His love for the White Sox will always be remembered.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Harold E. Baker.

He will be sadly missed by his mother, Crystal; his son, Shaun (Brigitte), and their two daughters, Gabriella and Ariella; and his daughter Samantha (Tyler) Westman. Along with his brother, Scott; sister Melinda (Mark); nieces, Jessica and Renee; nephew, Ross; Uncle Tony and Aunt Jerry Azarro.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock.

A service will be held in memory of Jim on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in McHenry County Memorial Park cemetery in Woodstock.

Memorial donations can be made in memory of Jim Baker to: WHS Backers Club, 501 W. South St., Woodstock, IL 60098, or WNHS Booster Club, 3000 Raffel Road, Woodstock, IL 60098.

For more information, contact the funeral home at 815-338-1710, or

Woodstock's most trusted news source. Period.

Keep Exploring

Subscriber Access