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Children need help to pay for father’s burial

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013, at 7:10 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013, at 10:49 a.m.

The children of a 40-year-old man killed in a wreck earlier this month at I-235 and Meridian say they need help paying for his funeral expenses.

Richard A. Baker, of Wichita, died Sept. 3 after his van rolled onto him during a collision with another vehicle at the northside interchange near K-96. His three children – Dustin Lewis, 20, and daughters, ages 15 and 16 – have set up a fund to defray their father’s burial costs.

Contributions may be made to the Rick Baker Memorial Fund at Southwest National Bank locations.

A family friend said Baker did not have a will, insurance or other money set aside for funeral expenses.

“The cost is now the responsibility of his children,” Janet Richey said in an e-mail to The Eagle. “ ... This has caused a great deal of stress and heartbreak for the family. They are now reaching out to the community for help.”

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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