Brevoort Baker II


Brevoort Baker II (Jack), 87, died Monday afternoon January 2 at Four Season Health Center.

Born in Columbus, September 12, 1929, Jack was the son of Brevoort and Dorothy Schwaninger Baker.

After graduating from Columbus High School in 1947, he graduated from DePauw University in 1951, where in following a family tradition, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. While at DePauw, he was treasurer of his house and was chief photographer for the student publications.

Post graduation from DePauw, Jack worked for three years with Scudder, Stevens and Clark where he developed the ‘Scudder Fund”.

In October of 1952, Jack married the love of his life, JoAnn Givens, whom he met in Mary Lincoln’s Kindergarten School. It was a wonderfully happy and loving relationship for over 80 years.

In 1954, with the first child on his way, Jack and JoAnn returned home to Columbus and joined his father in his business, Hoosier Metal Products. Jack had the joy of passing that legacy on to his own son several years later.

Besides his wife, JoAnn, Jack is survived and will be missed by his three sons, Jeffrey Brevoort (John Pickett), Kevin Douglas (Margaret) and Eric Givens (Elizabeth). Jack was always excited by visits from his five grandchildren, Amy Brevoort (Grant Hale), Joesph Givens, Samuel Brinton, Katherine Elizabeth and Alexis Anne. He was lucky enough to experience the joy of great-grandchildren with Margaret Woodside and Nellie Dayhuff, daughters of Amy and Grant. He is also survived by his sister, Beverly Baker Baker and many nieces and nephews.

A life long learner, Jack had a continual interest in how things worked. While in high school, and as WWII was ending, Jack and his father built his own car, a sporty two-seater. For the rest of his life he enjoyed designing, building and fixing all sorts of things. A strong love of aviation and flying started during WWII building model airplanes. That interest developed further and one of Jack’s greatest joys was obtaining his private pilot’s license. All too often his family would hear “going out to the airport for a quick flight.”

In his retirement years, Jack and JoAnn enjoyed traveling and experiencing the life and culture of other people. He also enjoyed the woods and lake of his home, Deer Crossing, for the past 53 years. Many hours were spent in his boat with the fly line fully extended just waiting for “the big one”.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 14th, at the Four Seasons Retirement Center Chapel with the Rev. Howard Boles officiating. Calling will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 13th, at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street and 10 a.m. to time of service at the Four Seasons Retirement Center Chapel. Private family interment will be at Daughtery Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to either VIMCare Clinic at Columbus Regional Health, 2400 17th St., Columbus or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 17th St., Columbus.