John is the son of Jack G. Butchnew and Emma John Corboff. His siblings are Vera, Michael, Fred, William, Mary, and George.
John married Ludmilla Mihailovna Klochihin on 24 Jun 1951 in Alameda County, CA and they had Benjamin, Alice and Irene.
Sadly, John died of a heart attack.
John was a very dear friend of my father, George John Poppin. Dad wrote about John in his autobiography.
Sacramento, Sheridan and Asti (1934)
About April of 1934, at age fifteen years of age, I moved to Sacramento with Johnny Baker aka Johnny Butchinoff and my cousin Jim Popin (James Timafevich Popin son of James Elmer Poppin aka Timafey Yermoliovich) and worked in the California Packing Corporation (CPC), Plant #2 asparagus cannery. We lived in an old apartment house at 3rd and S Street and shared the food expenses. The best food bargain at the time was a 15-cent meal, which included a hamburger, pie and coffee. In Sacramento's ‘Skid Row', I made a few dollars and was able to send some home to Mom and Dad who still lived in Sheridan, California, 25 miles north of Sacramento.
Johnny "In the Blue Corner at 165 pounds" Baker/ Butchinoff (Johnny's parents spelled their last name as Butchnew; the ‘w' was probably pronounced as a ‘v'.) later became a amateur boxer before the war and did quite well for himself. During World War II, he was a paratrooper and a hero. He dropped into North Africa, Italy and on D-Day in France.
From the San Francisco Examiner, Saturday, June 6, 1981, page B2:
"BAKER, John Jack – Suddenly in San Francisco, June 4, 1981; beloved husband of Ludmilla M. Baker of Daly City; devoted father of Benny Baker of Daly City, Mrs. Alice Nyhan of So. San Francisco and Mrs. Irene Velichko of Woodburn, Oregon; dear brother of George, Michael and William Butchinoff and Mary Salmon; loving grandfather of five and survived by several aunts and uncles; a member of the American Legion of San Francisco and veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division of WWII.
Prayer service will be held Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. at the Colonial Mortuary of Crosby N. Gray & Co., 2 Park Rd., Burlingame. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 8 at 1 p.m. at the Mortuary Chapel. Interment Russian Sectarian Cemetery, Colma."
Ludmilla Mihailovna Klochihin Baker
1928–1998 (m. 1951)
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