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Melvin G. Baker Jr

1927 - 2019

 

Melvin G. Baker Jr., 92, of West Milton passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Lewisburg on May 2, 1927, a son of the late Melvin Sr. and Mahala (Minium) Baker.  He was married to the former Mary Mayer.  His death breaks a marital union of 68 years.

Melvin was a 1946 graduate of Milton High School; and served in the US Army during WW II and Korea.  He was a self-employed mason and had retired from American Home Foods.

He was a life-long member of United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg and was a member of the Democratic Party in Lewisburg.  He was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 38, a member of the PA State Sunday School Association, was a former Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, and Little League Baseball coach.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and sons in law Rose and Richard Handy of West Milton, and Gertrude and Robert Swartz of West Milton; three sons and daughters in law Melvin III and Nancy Baker of Milton, David and Karen Baker of Lewisburg, and Michael and Annette Baker of Milton; eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and a sister Verdilla Heddings of West Milton.

He was preceded in death by a grandson Daniel Bolich; three brothers Kenneth Baker Sr, Harold Baker and Floyd Baker; and four sisters Cornelia Price, Beatrice Rice, Patricia Kerstetter and Pauline Hauck.

Friends and relatives will be received on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the United in Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg.  Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 with the Rev. Justin G. Ligenfelter officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow in Church Hill Cemetery, Lewisburg.

The family will provide flowers and ask for memorial contributions to be made to the United in Christ Lutheran Church 1875 Churches Rd Lewisburg, PA 17837.

 

Condolences

Sherry and I are so sorry in not being able to join you at this difficult time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your dad was someone I always admired and respected as I was growing up. His values and qualities are certainly reflected in the way he raised each of you. I'm sure that you all make him very proud. Please accept our condolences and give your Mom a hug from us.

Mark & Sherry Solomon

Mel - I'm very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. There were very few people my father had more respect for than your Dad. He often referred to him as "a real class guy." My sincere condolences to you and your entire family.

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