Jim Baker was a big bear of a man who loved to tell stories, and was a master at it. He was focused and fearless on stage. In nearly a half century of acting, from Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to the ghost of Christmas past in A Christmas Carol, he never suffered from stage fright. “Jim? No,” said his friend and colleague, actor James Pickering, who appeared alongside Baker in many Milwaukee Repertory Theater productions. “He taught me just from watching him work, his self-esteem as an artist—learning to have confidence. For him, it came naturally.”
Baker, who performed in more than 40 productions with the Milwaukee Rep. and across the country in resident acting companies, died Feb. 4 after collapsing at a Montana hotel, where he and his wife were staying. The couple was on their way to a Veterans Affairs hospital for a checkup, said his wife, Mary Baker. He was 71.
Roy Walter Bruce, 84, passed away peacefully on Feb. 27 of natural causes at PMC Extended Care.
His funeral will be held March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Conrad Mission Church. Visitation will be March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. and March 6 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Pondera Funeral Home prior to service. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences can be made to www.misermortuaries.com .
Clifford “Butch” Charles Lane, Jr., 64, of Laurel went to live with his Heavenly Father and daughter Patricia on Feb. 27 after a short illness.
A memorial service will be held on March 5, at 1 p.m. at the LDS Church in Laurel, 504 11 St. W.
Cliff was born on June 12, 1949 in Great Falls to Clifford and Edna Lane.He married Linda Miller on June 22, 1972, residing in Conrad while working for BN Railroad, and later working as a maintenance tech for Metro Property Management for the last 10 plus years.
Cliff enjoyed fishing, camping, playing pool, baseball, watching sports and hunting.He enjoyed his many trips to Yellowstone Park, but above all he enjoyed his time with his family! Always a kid at heart, he was most often in the middle of a ruckus caused by his own teasing.He had one of the hugest hearts and would do anything to help someone in need.