|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct. 11, 2003|
Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at 1 p.m., in the Newberry Cemetery in Parker County, Texas for Lenn Baker of Nacogdoches, Texas (formerly of Lubbock and Temple, Texas), who died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital ICU, after a brief illness.
Lenn Baker , the youngest of 10 children, was born Feb. 2, 1922, in Rochester, Haskell County, Texas, while his extended family was gradually moving west to Terry County, Texas in a mule-drawn covered wagon. The families were looking for better farmland and greener pastures, after the land "at the old home place" in Parker County had "wore out". With the onset of World War II, he left his home in Wellman, Terry County, Texas to serve his country in the Navy. After the war he returned home and soon moved 50 miles northeast to Lubbock, Texas, where he began building houses-single handedly- during the post war boom. While doing this, his pregnant wife helped him roof a house late into the night and had their son early the next morning. He soon found employment with Southwestern Public Service Company in the engineering department, where he worked for many years buying the right of way for electrical transmission lines throughout West Texas. Later he became a supervisor in the carpentry shop of Texas Tech University from which he retired in 1984. He passed on his love of wood-working and carpentry to his son, and together they used their combined skills to restore two historic homes in Nacogdoches, Texas. After his retirement he moved to Temple, Texas with his second wife, Genevia Priddy Baker, who was the widow of his oldest brother, Luke. Genevia has always been much loved and dear to the Baker family. In retirement, Lenn and Gene "ran the roads" of the hill country, fished, and helped raise four of Genes grandchildren, Dale, Terry, Timmy, and Darla, and they lived and loved life together. Lenn and Gene moved to Nacogdoches, Texas in the summer of 2002 to be closer to their son. Lenn was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita, who died in 1962; two brothers, Luke and Claude; and three sisters, Lorene, Viola, and Iona. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Genevia Baker, and her granddaughter, Ann Hunnicutt of Odessa, Texas; grandchildren, Dale Cravey of Austin, Texas, Terry Cravey of Granite Shoals, Texas, Tim Cravey of Fort Worth, and Darla Welter of Exira, Iowa. Lenn is also survived by his son, Dr. Richard L. Baker and wife, Cherry of Nacogdoches, Texas; granddaughters, Robin Baker Perkins of Lubbock, Texas, and Elizabeth Baker of Nacogdoches, Texas; stepson, Don Hickey of Wellington, Texas; sisters, Nell Thompson of Lubbock, Texas, Evelyn Adair of Wellman, Texas, and Naomi Caffey of Seagraves, Texas; brother, Glen Baker of Wellman, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, in-laws, and out-laws. Lenn was a hard-working, generous, gentle, and devoted family man, who never complained despite the hardships he endured in his life. He found the Lord again later in life and never wavered from his teachings. He instilled many fine qualities and much love in his sons and grandchildren, who will be his legacy. He will be laid to rest next to his parents and grandparents in Newberry Cemetery, a family cemetery in Parker County, Texas, of which his grandparents were founding settlers.
Created by: David Sifford
Record added: Apr 17, 2010
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