Some songs from 1976
Abba "Fernando"
Blue Oyster Cult "Don't fear the Reaper"
Boston "More Than a Feeling"
Burton Cummings "Stand Tall"
John Denver "Fly Like An Eagle" "Looking For Space"
Steve Miller Band "Fly Like An Eagle"
The Spinners "The Rubberband Man"
The Sweet "Fox on the run"
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" Gordon Lightfoot

Susan Green

Susan Baker Green, 66, died January 25, 2024, at UNMC in Omaha, Nebraska, following a seven-month battle with Ovarian cancer.

Sue, the youngest child of Harold Kenneth and Ruth Mildred (Best) Baker, was born November 5, 1957, in Harlan, Iowa. She joined three sisters Marilyn, Joanne, and Beverly, and three brothers Charles, Russell, and Randy.

Sue attended school in Ashland, Nebraska, and Manning, Iowa, and received her high school diploma in 1976. Sue earned her associates degree from Des Moines Area Community College in Boone. Later, as a single mom, Sue earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Wayne State College, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Sue was passionate about helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault while working and volunteering at Bright Horizons in Norfolk; and for helping psychiatric patients while working at the Norfolk Regional Center. She also was known for her work at Bethphage, assisting those with disabilities and special needs. In retirement, Sue enjoyed delivering subs for Jimmy John's until receiving her cancer diagnosis. But of all her jobs, Sue's favorite was being a mother to Dustin, Nick, and Kelsey and later the biggest cheerleader for her grandchildren Aiden, Jaxon, and Ayzlin.

Sue liked sports, was a Yankees fan and eventually even learned to like the Huskers. In her final hours, Sue predicted that the Kansas City Chiefs would win the 2024 Super Bowl.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mildred Baker, by her brothers Richard and Russell Baker, and by her brother-in-law LaVerne Nelson.

Left to mourn Sue's loss is her long-time partner Carl Tidwell of Norfolk; a son Dustin Green (Jenni Flynn) of Omaha; son Nick Green (Haley Clark) of Omaha; and daughter Kelsey Knauss (Erik) also of Omaha. Sue is also survived by her brothers Charles Baker (Melody) of Tampa, Florida; and Randy Baker (Kathy) of Le Grand, Iowa; and sisters Marilyn Nelson of Atlantic, Iowa, Joanne Parker (Gary) of Columbus, Nebraska; Beverly Mundt (Larry) of Fort Worth, Texas; and Sister-in-law Barbara Baker of Greenfield, Iowa. Surviving grandchildren include Aiden & Jaxon Knauss and Ayzlin Green. Sue will also be remembered by her many cousins, nieces, nephews, co-workers and friends.

Sue was the life of every party and accepted everyone just as they are. She loved to play games, especially poker and euchre with her family and friends. Her children will always remember Sue as the best, most selfless Mom who always put the needs of others before her own.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 on Wednesday, January 31 at Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Omaha followed by a luncheon at the funeral home.



Sixth grade

1976 MHS graduates: Jerry Duane Anthony, Heidi Joan Ashton, Keith Edward Bauer, Janet Vivian Christensen, David Joel Crandall, Charles Leo Croghan, Margaret Ann Dentlinger (salutatorian), Gary Allen Drees, Ronald A. Scott Dreier, Lynn Francis Eickman, Alan Dean Fara, LeeAnne Foote, Dwayne Alan Gore, Robert Allan Grau, Thomas David Grau, Jr., Kenneth John Halbur, Malia Louise Hansen, Mary Michelle Haubrich, Dean Robert Hoffmann, Keith Joe Hugeback, Kent Ben Hugeback, Kirk Gerald Huldeen, Kent Lane Jahn, Tim Leland Kienast, Craig Allen Lee (valedictorian), Keith Alan Misselhorn, Deborah Arlene Mohr, Robert Henry Mueller, Dale James Muhlbauer, Lynn Allan Odendahl, Emily Marie Opperman, Rebecca Ann Phillips, Michael T. Phillips, Lori Sue Ramsey, Daryl Edwin Rohe, Douglas Eugene Rohe, Cindy Marie Rothfolk, Doris Ruge, Karl Amos Rutz, LaVonne Grace Schmidt, Douglas Gerald Schroeder, Jeffrey Allen Sebring, Ronald John Sporrer, David Andrew Stoelk, JoAnn Frances Struve, Carmen Elena Tabata, Bob Louis Tank, Ann Rene Voge, Patrick Paul Vogl, Larry Dean Walters, Jeffrey Lynn Wanninger, David Samuel Wiese, James Verl Wurr, LuAnn Wurr

1976 former students: Steven Anthony, Brian Bailey, Susan Baker, Barbara Baley, Cathy Bauer, Deborah Bauer, Deborah Benter, Paula Betterton, Laurel Borkowski, Suzanne Colling, Audrey Drees, Cindy Espenhover, Donna Folsom, Katherine Grimm, Michael Hansen, Roger Hargens, Ricky Hart, Lori Henkenius, Diane Hinners, Lendall Jahn, Brian Johnson, Joann Justice, Dennis Klinker, Terry Lake, Brenda Lohrmann, Steven Mohr, Randall Moore, Darlene Moss, Jeffrey Pearson, Janet Peters, Ben Ress, Keith Rinehart, Kerry Rutherford, Kathy Schwaller, MeLinda Thompson, Lawrence Vogl, Tommy Walsh


Top: Susan Baker, Ann Voge, Laurel Borkowski, Tom Grau, Keith Hugeback
Third: Emily Opperman, Doug Schroeder, Scott Dreier, Lynn Odendahl, Donna Folsom
Second: Becky Phillips, JoAnn Struve, Steve Mohr, Larry Walters, Kent Hugeback
First: Keith Misselhorn, James Wurr, Michelle Haubrich, Robert Tank, Bonnie Schmidt
Bottom: Richard Maxwell, Rick Hart


Harold K. Baker

Funeral services for Harold Kenneth Baker were held Monday, August 3, 1998, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Manning, Iowa. Reverend Larry McAlpine officiated the service with Janet Myer as organist and Kay Rutherford as vocalist. Interment was held in Dow City Cemetery, Dow City, Iowa, with Cheri Mahoney, Leland Nelson, Paul Nelson, Nancy Nelson, Jenny Marti, Jeff Baker, Jason Parker, Rodney Parker, Theresa Baker, Robert Baker, Katie Baker, David Baker, Chris Baker, Nathen Baker, Jake Mundt, Kelly Mundt, Dustin Green, Nick Green and Kelsey Green as casket bearers. Military honors at the committal service at Dow City Cemetery were held by the Manning American Legion and VFW Posts.

Harold Kenneth, son of John Effram and Etta Mae Ten Eyck Baker, was born December 20, 1915, near Dunlap, in Harrison County, Iowa. He grew up in Dunlap where he attended high school. After completing his schooling, Harold worked as a carpenter and painter.

On March 28, 1940, Harold was united in marriage with Ruth Mildred Best in Dunlap. He worked as a meat cutter in Dunlap and then worked in Omaha, Nebraska in a packing-house. In March of 1944, Harold was drafted into the United States Army and served his country in Germany and France during World War II. After receiving his honorable discharge in October of 1945, he worked as a meat cutter in Walnut and Harlan, Iowa, and Ashland, Nebraska. In 1967 his brother, Walter, asked him to come to Manning to work as the meat cutter at his grocery store, Manning Food Market. After working with his brother for ten years, he retired and then worked part-time.

His wife, Mildred, died in 1978.

In 1991, Harold moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he lived until June of 1998.

Harold was a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion.

Due to failing health, Harold became a resident of the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, Iowa, a short time before his death there on Thursday, July 30, 1998, at the age of 82 years, 7 months and 10 days.

Besides his wife and parents, Harold was preceded in death by a son, Richard Kenneth; four brothers: George Baker, Leo Baker, Everette Baker and Walter Baker; and two sisters, Ella Burr and Mable Stevens.

Harold is survived by four daughters: Marilyn and her husband, LaVerne Nelson, of Elk Horn; Joanne and her husband, Gary Parker, of Columbus, Nebraska; Beverly and her husband, Larry Mundt, of Fort Worth, Texas; Susan Green of Norfolk, Nebraska; three sons: Charles Baker and his wife, Melody, of St Louis, Missouri; Russell Baker and his wife, Barb, of LaVista, Nebraska; Randy Baker and his wife, Kathy, of LeGrand; nineteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


324 Main - Manning Food Market - 1950s

MANNING FOOD MARKET

According to records, one of the early pioneers in the grocery business was A. Young, who owned a stock of goods in the food business. November 23, 1887, he sold his stock to E.E.A. Brunnier and J.H. Brumester. This was shortlived and on December 8, 1887, Brunnier purchased Brumester's interest. He managed the store for many years. The next owners were the Kleespie Brothers, Leo and Henry. In 1928 Frank Ehrichs purchased Leo's interest and the store became Kleespies and Ehrichs. Ehrichs became the sole owner in 1930. This store carried a complete line of general merchandise, dry goods, groceries and meats. Vincent Wehr managed the meat department for Ehrichs, who also had a general merchandise store in Aspinwall. In 1936 Olson Brothers of Audubon purchased the store and it was managed by Herb Groteluschen. December 1945, Herb purchased the store and operated it under the name of Manning Food Market. Clerks were Lou Bohnsack, Leola Gray and Jack Junge.

The store, located at 324 Main, was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Walt Baker in 1965. To allow for expansion to a growing business, the store was moved to the former Ohde building at 320 Main Street in 1972. After the untimely death of Walter Baker, the store was continued by his wife, Genevieve and son, Ron. They carry a complete line of fresh and frozen foods, staples of all kinds and have an excellent meat department. The clerks at the present time are Fern Ramsey, Minnie Dales, Harold Baker, Charles Laverty and Ralph Grundmeier.

This has been a continuous grocery business since before 1887 and is still a thriving asset to the community.


324 Main - Herb Groteluschen, Everett "Butch" Himes, Lou Bohnsack, Marlene Ruhde


Dorothy Groteluschen


September 18, 1952


Walt & Ardith Lage on the left and Ervin Bauer on right, Merlin "Buzz" Hargens in the middle - early 1960s


Food Market Owner Dies

Walter Baker, owner of Manning Food Market and a member of the Manning City Council, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his store Thursday morning, March 3, 1977. He was 55.

Baker came to Manning in 1965 when he purchased the store. A brother Harold came to Manning as meat manager of Manning Food a year later.
First elected to the city council in 1971, Baker was currently serving his third term in office.
He was a member of the Manning Rotary Club, and held many different offices in the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning and other towns where he had lived.

Baker entered the grocery business after graduation froth high school in 1939. He served overseas in the military during World War II from 1941 to 1946, and following his discharge, continued in the grocery line.
First managing Council Oak Stores and later the National Food Stores, Baker was located in the following towns before coming to Manning: Dunlap, Laurel, Nebr., Ponca, Nebr., Mapleton, Sac City and Cherokee.

The son of J.E. and Etta Teneyck Baker, he was born May 27, 1921, in Dunlap. He attended Dunlap schools and was a graduate of Dunlap High School.
He was married to Genevieve Christiansen March 12, 1944.

Survivors include his wife Gen, secretary to the superintendent at Manning Schools; two sons, Ronald, head of a loan office at Chillicothe, Mo., and Darrell, a Naval Dental Officer at Seattle, Washington, and three grandchildren. Also surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Leo and Everett of Dunlap, Mrs. Francis (Ella) Burr of Omaha, Nebr., and Harold of Manning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and one brother.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manning' with the Rev. Edward F. Heinicke officiating. Burial was in Manning Cemetery under the direction of Ohde Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Merle Stoelk, Elden Schroeder, Jim Mork, Paul Bjorkgren, Ralph Grundmeier and Robert Hoffmann.
The store will be temporarily managed by Mrs. Gen Baker. Future plans are yet undecided


Walter Baker

1981 ad in the Manning Centennial book

Manning Food 320 Main Street

1981 Manning Centennial Parade


Darrel Baker


Gen Baker - 1973 secretary at the new high school

Here are some school related pictures I have scanned for both Baker families.


Russell Baker MHS 1969


Randy Baker MHS 1974


Beverly Baker MHS 1974


Darrel Baker MHS 1969


Track: Kent Rutz, Russ Baker, John Dobler, Donny Rowedder


Prom: Becky Saunders, Russ Baker


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