William J. (Bill) Baker - Morgan County Herald: Obituaries

William J. (Bill) Baker

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 12:29 am

William J. (Bill) Baker passed away peacefully on March 7, 2019. Born January 26, 1928 to James and Irene Baker, he grew up on Cleveland's west side.

He graduated from West Tech High School and was drafted and served in the Korean War. Upon returning stateside, this combat infantry veteran took a job at Broadhead-Garrett on Cleveland’s east side, where one afternoon, when the boss’s secretary, Dolores Kushner, needed a ride to the dentist, he asked that “nice Bill Baker” from the warehouse to take her. He took her to the dentist, and in July of 1953, he took her to the altar at St. Lawrence Catholic Church and married her. They had three children, Cynthia of Carrollton, TX, Jeffrey (Kim) of Aurora, OH, and Steven (Andria) of Richardson, TX.

In 1965, he was transferred to a satellite operation, Taylor Woodcraft located in Malta, OH, and the family settled in McConnelsville for over 40 years. While there, he also started a successful small business, Baker & Davis, supplying shipping crates to a large manufacturer for over 25 years. This enabled him to accomplish a dream – to fund college educations for all three of his children. After retirement, Bill and Dolores relocated to Carrollton, Texas, in 2007, to leave behind the winter weather and be closer to Cindy and Steve.

Bill loved to golf and did so as often as possible. In 1989, his son, Jeff, took him to Scotland to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, providing him with stories and special memories for the rest of his life.

He was a member of St. James Parish for 42 years where he served as a Lector, taught the High School Catechism class, served as Confirmation Sponsor to many of his students, and was a member of the Parish Council.

The last five years of his life were particularly difficult, as he struggled with the degenerative nature of Parkinsons. His mind remained sharp even as he lost his physical capabilities. Unlike many in his situation who might be resentful or bitter, Bill was - every day - as he had always been... joyful, grateful, loving, devoted to his family, thankful for any assistance offered or given in his need, generous, and quick with a kind word or a joke.

A small family service was held graveside on August 3, 2019, where his remains were laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Cleveland, OH. He is loved and cherished by his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and all his family and friends.

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