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Baker, Robert E.
Baker, Robert E.
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Baker, Robert E.

Date of Death: March 29, 2017

Service Details
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, beginning at 11:00 AM, at First United Methodist Church, 212 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, with Pastor Steve Charnley officiating.


Age 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 29, 2017, at Park Village Pines. Robert was born in Kalamazoo, on February 1, 1930, the son of the late William and Thelma Baker Sr. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In 1947 he enlisted in the U.S Marine Corps. He proudly served as a radio operator during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1950. The honor and pride of being a Marine stayed with Robert forever and it was something he passed down to his children and grandchildren; “Semper Fi.” Robert was a hard worker and was employed as a salesman for AAA Insurance for over 30 years. When not working he enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge #50 where he made many friends. He also had a strong faith in the Lord and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. Above all Robert loved his family and he leaves them with many wonderful memories of a life well lived. On October 2, 1954, he married Nina (Steele) Baker who survives. He is also survived by his children, Phil (Diane) Baker, Phyllis (Rob) DeWaters, Peggy (Lon) Sparks; eleven grandchildren and their spouses; ten great-grandchildren with two more on the way; two siblings; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was also preceded in passing by his in-laws and a great-grandson, Jacob Baker.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, c/o the funeral home.
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10 comments on article "Baker, Robert E."

Brian Arehart

Phyllis and Family,

Sorry to hear of the passing of Bob.


Mary Nicholson

To all the Baker Family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Bob was a blessing to me, especially when we worked together at AAA. Such a kind and thoughtful friend. I'll be praying for you as you go through this difficult time. May you be comforted knowing he is with Jesus in heaven, whole and healthy. Love, Mary


Debby Wedell Guy

Semper Fi Marine as you safely reach home.

You had a lasting impression on all you met with

your gentleness and wisdom. My thoughts and prayers

are with your family.

Debby ~ Phyllis' sister in-law


Mary Hottovy

My condolences to the Baker Family. I have good memories of Bob. When I was Bob and Nina's neighbor, he always watched out for me (e.g. plowing my drive). He made the world a better place and will be missed.


Lynda Followell

Nina, We are so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. you and your family are in our prayers.

Ken & Lynda (Runk) Followell

Larry & Mary (Runk) Hill

Ron & Kathy (Runk) Schauer


Diana Steele Thompson

I will miss Uncle Bob. He was always so kind to me in his very quiet manner. I send my most heartfelt condolences to my Aunt Nina and my cousins. Love, Diana


Betty Lou Blum

We all shared such good memories at the Elks and getting together over the years. So sorry I can't make the service but not getting around well but my thoughts will be with you all.

As Always, Betty Lou and family


Doralee DeRyke

Nina, I'm sorry to learn about Bob's passing. He was a great fishing buddy of my husband Paul many years ago. You and your family are in my prayers.


Joan and Bob Fraik

Nina, So sad to hear of Bob's passing.


Steven Kreg, Marilyn Kreg

I remember Bob from when I was young and he would come to Pla-Mor Lanes to bowl and perform his duties for the Kalamazoo Men's Bowling Association.

I was impressed by his story of being a Radio Operator during the war.

It may have been Bob that sparked my interest in communications and led to a career in Telecom.

Few other people were as well liked and respected.

He will be sorely missed.

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