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Willis Ray Baker
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1922
WaKeeney
Trego County
Kansas, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 1999
Quinter
Gove County
Kansas, USA

Willis was the sixth of ten children born to Walther Thorne and Iona Pearl Switzer Baker.

Western Kansas World, WaKeeney, Kansas, Aug. 26, 1999, pg. 4

Willis Ray Baker

Willis Ray Baker was born September 3, 1922, at Wakeeney, Kansas, and was the son of Walter and Pearl (Switzer) Baker. He passed away August 20, 1999, in the Gove County Medical enter Long Term Care Unit at Quinter, Kansas, at the age of 76 years, 11 months, 17 days.

Ray was a 1941 graduate of Trego Community High School, WaKeeney. On November 17, 1942, he was inducted into the United States Army where he served in the 102nd Infantry Division Special Services. Ray played the tuba in he Army Band. Ray attained the rank of Tech 4 and was honorable discharged on March 10, 1946.

On April 11, 1948, Ray was united in marriage with Marian Hall in the Presbyterian Church Manse at WaKeeney. They celebrated their Golden Anniversary on April 1, 1998. His wife survives of the home.

Ray worked the major part of this life as a service technician for United Telephone Company. In November 1967, his work brought he and his family to Quinter from Ellis, Kansas.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, a member and past master of the Masonic Lodge A.F.& A.M. #410, the Order of the Eastern Star #405, and the American Legion Post #164, all of Quinter, the Great Plains Shrine Club, WaKeeney, the ISIS Shrine Temple, Salina, the Kansas York Rite, and the Midweek and Hackberry Hoppers Camping Clubs.

His hobbies and interests included fishing and camping. As a young man he enjoyed hunting. Ray loved his family and always enjoyed spending time with them.

Other survivors include, a son, Joseph A. and wife, Sammy, of Russell, two daughters Ann McWilliams, and husband, Ron, of Salina, Barb Flora and husband Darrel, of Sawyer, seven grandchildren, Donita McWilliams of Chicago, Nicholas and Jonathan McWilliams of Salina, Carla Sue Washington and husband William, and Michael and Jeffery Flora, all of Sawyer, and Andrew Brown of Russell; five great grandchildren, Will, Adam, Cole, Amanda and Dakota Rayon Washington, all of Sawyer; two brothers, Lynn and wife, Marge of Pharr, TX, Robert H. "Bob" and wife Shirley, of Dighton, three sisters, Loralee Baker of WaKeeney, Dorothy Mans of Ottawa, IL and Kathryn Buser and husband, Will , of Wichita, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Joe and infant, George, and two sisters, Marthella Oldham and Julia Grace Small.

Memorial services were Tuesday, August 24, 1999, in the United Methodist Church, Quinter, with the Rev. Elin Colglazier officiating. Burial was in the WaKeeney City Cemetery, WaKenney, KS. The Schmitt Funeral Home Quinter, was in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorials to ISIS Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children, the United Methodist, the Quinter Senior Center or to the Charity of the donors choice which may be left in care of the funeral home. 
 
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 Parents:
  Walter Thorne Baker (1879 - 1955)
  Iona Pearl Switzer Baker (1888 - 1981)
 
 Siblings:
  Walter George Baker (1909 - 1910)*
  Marthella P Oldham (1910 - 1969)*
  Loralee Baker (1918 - 2013)*
  Willis Ray Baker (1922 - 1999)
  Robert Harold Baker (1928 - 2014)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Wakeeney City Cemetery
WaKeeney
Trego County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Sec. B-12
 
Created by: Jan Dishon
Record added: May 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90207281
Willis Ray Baker
Added by: Jan Dishon
 
Willis Ray Baker
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Rest in Peace cousin Willis.
- Jan Dishon
 Added: May. 16, 2012
Thank you for your service.
- Jan Dishon
 Added: May. 16, 2012
 
 
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