|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1923|
|Death: ||Mar. 31, 2011|
William O. Baker, 87, of Wabash, Indiana, passed away peacefully with the comfort of his family, and the very caring staff at the Life Care Center in Valparaiso, Indiana, on Thursday, March 31, 2011. He was born October 15, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Walter Scott II and Margaret (Lodwig) Baker.
Bill graduated from Manchester College in 1950 and married Mary Jane Bechtol in Wabash County on August 13, 1950. Bill was employed by and then part owner of Milliner Printing Company until his retirement in 1986. During World War II, Bill served his country as a member of the Navy, stationed on the island of Guam as part of logistics and support services, and was a longstanding member of the American Legion Post 15, and Wabash Elks Club. Bill particularly enjoyed participating in local parades and providing wild woods rides to any and all willing, with his 1953 Army Surplus Jeep. In addition to Mary Jane's cooking, Bill loved boating, and camping with his grandchildren. He was an outdoor enthusiast, organizing and leading several expeditions to the Boundary Waters area, the last at the age of 64. Bill also had a life-long passion for jazz music, and he performed both on vibes and piano for many years with a jazz trio and quartet. Bill will be remembered as a great dad, grandpa, friend, dog-lover and kind-hearted soul who was loved by many throughout his long life.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Nancy Baker of Valparaiso, Indiana; 3 grandchildren, Andrew Baker, Madeline Baker, and Samuel Baker all of Valparaiso, Indiana; sister-in-law, Miriam Bechtol of West Chazy, New York; and 7 nephews and 6 nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane, his brother, Walter Scott III, and his sister, Margaret "Peggy" Wilson.
Mary Jane Bechtol Baker (1928 - 2009)
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Created by: Tombstoner & Family
Record added: Apr 04, 2011
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