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Gerald M. Baker
Gerald Meredith "Jerry" Baker, age 73 of Chamois, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012, peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loving family.
Jerry was born July 28, 1938, in Kansas City, MO., a son of the late Oral E. and Ruby (Lockridge) Baker.
On August 24, 1961, Jerry was united in marriage to Patricia West at the Community Christian Church in Kansas City.
A graduate of Raytown High School, he was an Air Force veteran. During his years in the Air Force, he was in the Strategic Air Command and worked at the underground Titan Missile silos near Denver, CO. It was a job he loved.
After leaving the service, he and his family moved to Linden, PA, and he worked at Foltz Buick in Williamsport for five years. While at Foltz, he serviced the vehicles of Mr. Boiardi, the owner of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee food products. When Mr. Boiardi retired, he asked Jerry to move to Italy with him to continue to maintain his vehicles. Instead Jerry chose to move his family to Chamois, where his father grew up.
He worked at Baker Chevrolet in Chamois for eight years and then opened his own business, Jerry's Repair Service, on the family farm. He operated this for 31 years until illness forced his retirement. He also raised cattle.
Jerry was a member of American Legion Post #506 of Chamois.
In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by: one son, Joseph (Bonnie) of Chamois; one daughter, Meredith Baker of Jefferson City; one granddaughter, Trina Baker of Linn; two brothers, James Baker, his twin and Edward (Betty) Baker all of Chamois; a father-in-law, Joseph West of Linden, PA; two sisters-in-law, Sherry (Dave) Palmer of Linden, PA, and Sandra (Don) Kline of Jersey Shore, PA, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and grandparents, Jerry was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Cora West.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Morton Chapel in Chamois.
At Jerry's request, there will be a private graveside service on April 5, 2012. This will be followed by a luncheon for family and friends at 12:00 noon at the Chamois Lions Community Center in Chamois as a celebration of his life.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Goldschmidt Cancer Center.
Pat and family-- We were so sorry to hear of Jerry's death while we were in Asia. He fought a good fight. We so appreciated his service over the years. You have our sympathy. Our prayers will be for you at this difficult time. Merrill & Norma Jean
Dr. & Mrs. Merrill Townley Apr 10 2012 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your beloved Mr.Baker. May it help you to know that the hearts of others are deeply touched by your loss. Even though our hearts ache, we can find comfort in the God of all comfort whose is near to us with a broken heart. (Psalms 34:18)
Jackson Family Apr 6 2012 12:00 AM
To Meredith and Family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Mr. Baker. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May your faith keep you all strong during this difficult time.
Jeffrey Randell Apr 3 2012 12:00 AM
Dear pat and family, Our heart goes out to you what a great loss. Jerry was a fine man. He was always a joy to talk to. Pat we realize times will be hard for you because we could tell how much you loved Jerry when you talked about him. Well now his pain is gone and he is at peace. We know times will be hard but take care and he is always in your heart and he knew he was loved. Take Care.
bill and peggy kempker Apr 3 2012 12:00 AM
We are very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Pat are prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Remember during the hardest times that Jerry is not suffering anymore and he will always be with you in spirit. Rest in peace Jerry.
Donnie Jones & Theresa Walter Apr 2 2012 12:00 AM
Sorry for your loss. Jerry had worked on many vehicles for my Dad, brothers, And myself over the years. He always did good work and was very reasonable. You will be in my prayers.
Chris Peters Apr 2 2012 12:00 AM
My deepest condolences to the Baker Family. As a fellow mechanic,the best thing I can say is I NEVER heard anyone say a bad thing about Mr. baker.
Darrell Meisel Apr 2 2012 12:00 AM