Robert J. Baker

Robert Jay Baker, 89, of Roanoke, IN, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at 9:20 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Baker was a World War II, serving with Battery AAA 165th Gun Battalion of the United States Army in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of American Legion Post 160, Roanoke.

He was born July 7, 1923, in Warren to Ira J. and Gertrude J. Schaefer Baker. He married Betty I. Patten on Aug. 2, 1947, at the Methodist parsonage in Roanoke. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include six daughters, Jo Ann (Don) Shively and Patricia A. (Terry) Rhodenbaugh, both of Roanoke; Carol L. (Gerry) Scheurich, of Avilla; Mary A. (Roger) Scherer, of Hoagland; Sue A. (Steve) Lincoln, of LaOtto; and Barbara A. (Rick) McMullen, of Columbia City; a sister, Virginia Holmes, of Huntington; a sister-in-law, Cecelia Baker, of Huntington; 10 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

A service will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 10 a.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Rev. Jim Clifford will officiate. Calling is Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery, Roanoke.

Memorial gifts may be made to Visiting Nurse Hospice Home or Laud Christian Church.
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