Family Says Man Died On Oologah Lake Doing What He Loved

Friday, May 13th 2016, 7:44 pm
By: Joseph Holloway

The family of a man killed in an Oologah Lake boating accident Tuesday is coming together to remember his life.

George Baker's family and friends are leaning on each other during this time and say he died on the lake doing what he loved to do.

Vera Baker said her husband, George, loved spending his days on the lake fishing.

"When he was in the Air Force stationed at different bases, he would fly the jet over lakes and they would decide where they'd be fishing at on the weekend," she said.

When Vera heard her husband of 63 years was killed in a boat collision Tuesday on Oologah Lake, she immediately turned to her faith and her loved ones.

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"And I just immediately said 'God, help me.' I'll make it through this with my family," she said.

George Baker III third believes medical problems led to his father's accident.

"He'd had health issues in the past and we had some close calls in the past with heart problems," he said. "He was always a very safe boater, always wore his life jacket, always had the kill switch."

George and his sons were scheduled to compete in a fishing tournament this weekend. Both sons said they'll still fish it in his memory.

"We need to do that. We need it for closure and thinking of him," George Baker III said.

But Vera knows her husband is never far away, casting a line of his own.

"He's fishing in heaven with Peter and Paul," she said.

Witnesses say Baker’s boat was speeding across the lake when it hit the other boat and threw Baker into the water. They believe he suffered a medical issue.

The medical examiner will have to determine what happened.