Bryan is a 1987 graduate of Streator Township High School and was born and raised in Streator. He is the son of Morton "Russ" & the late Nancy Lee (Hagie) Baker. (Nancy is the cousin of Mary (Hagi) Kerestes, the late co-owner of Hagi Funeral Home.) He has two children: Colin Russell Baker (15) and Margaret "Maghie" Irene Baker (13). He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1989 and formerly owned and operated Solon & Baker Funeral Home in Streator. He has a twin brother, Terry Baker (also a licensed funeral director and embalmer) and 3 sisters: Diana Bauer, Cindy (J.J.) Neiggemann and Amy (Terry "Oly") Oelschlager. Bryan is a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, The Moose Family Center and a Third Degree Knights of Columbus Member, He formerly served as President and Secretary/Treasurer for the Illinois Funeral Director's Association District 5. His hobbies include, boating, camping, bowling and spending time with his children.