TREMONT — A memorial service for a Tremont Marine who died last week when his aerial refueling tanker crashed off the coast of Japan will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Cpl. Daniel P. Baker, 21, was one of five who went missing at about 2 a.m. last Thursday morning when a F/A-18 Super Hornet and a KC-130J Hercules collided during training roughly 55 nautical miles southeast of Cape Muroto in the Kochi Prefecture of Japan. Seven crew members — two in the fighter and five in the aerial tanker — were initially missing. Two were recovered. One of them, Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Fla., died.

After an extensive search and rescue effort, the U.S. Marine Corps declared all five in the KC-130J to be deceased, including Baker.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. at the Bakers' church, Northfield Christian Fellowship, 411 W. North St. in Tremont. There will be a visitation on Friday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

To handle excess parking, there will be a free park and ride from Tremont High School to the church running from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Baker was a 2015 graduate of Tremont High and an Illinois State Scholar. Friends and family haven't been shy in discussing the person Baker was.

In a statement from the family last week, one friend described him as “he was one of the best friends that I will ever have and he will be dearly missed by anybody that he met.”

Another added: “He was always willing to host youth group parties and movie nights because of how generous he was. And anytime I wanted to talk about anything he was free to listen.”

Baker was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, which flies the KC-130J, a plane similar to the C-130H3 flown by the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing, which is based in Peoria. The KC-130 is the Marine Corps’ primary fixed-wing aerial tanker that is used to provide in-flight refueling to aircraft such as the Super Hornet and helicopters likes the CH-53E Super Stallion. Known as the Sumos, the 152 squadron is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan.

Andy Kravetz can be reached at 686-3283 or akravetz@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @andykravetz.