• Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home
    Spokane Valley, WA
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Gene Russel Baker
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January 04, 2012
I remember Gene as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather; and as a helpful and unassuming friend. He helped me find my first job in Spokane over 35 years ago as a welder's helper and helped me move into our current home.
January 03, 2012
Every time you light a candle,that shows that some one dear to you is looking down at you, as i do this for birthdays & Holidays then I know they are with me and that make me smile!I hope this will work for you !as they are with you always!!
January 03, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
January 02, 2012
Our condolences to Gene's family and friends from the checkers at Safeway where Gene frequently shopped.

He was the kindest, most giving, caring man. We at Safeway knew him as "The Candy Man" as he would slip you a small piece of candy after he was done talking to you, going through your checkout line.

We were greatly saddened to see that Gene had passed. We hadn't seen him in the store for quite some time and were wondering if he had become ill.

I certainly enjoyed seeing Gene coming to my line as I looked forward to seeing his smile and the candy, of course. :)
January 02, 2012
We am very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. He was a wonderful man and he was one of our favorite patients. He use to tell us stories of his time as a firefighter and Navy man when he would come in to our office. When he told us he was switching to his new wife's dental office we felt like we were losing a part of our family. We always hoped he would return to our office-- now it saddens us to know we will never see him again. Our sincere condolences to his daughter Karen and partner, Laura. Gene, thanks for the memories and great laughs. Roberta @ Dr. McKennon's office
January 02, 2012
Your family loves and misses you
January 02, 2012
Fortunately the universe conspired to get us together for this picture in August. We love you. Karen and Laura and Nancy and John and Jared and Ian
January 02, 2012
You are in are thoughts always. Love, Karen and Laura
January 02, 2012
We miss you so much. Love, Karen and Laura
January 01, 2012
Karen, That is a very nice write up that you and Nancy and Laura did about your dad. He was always very nice to me, probably one of the nicest men I've ever had the pleasure to know. I will miss him a lot but will never forget him. You were very fortunate to have such a great father.

Marlene Dunphy Eisner
December 31, 2011
The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Gene R. Baker for your loss, to honor his service to our country and our patriotic hero.
December 31, 2011
As a younger sister, I knew Gene as a man who worked hard and took care of his family. He was always a thoughtful man and never went a year without a call to me on my birthday. His loss saddens me and he will be missed.
Love, Linda (Baker) and Jon Coykendall
December 31, 2011
You were always our "Big Brother" and we'll always miss you.
December 30, 2011
Gene died unexpectedly December 20, 2011. Though he lived most of his life in Spokane, he was born in Sedan , Kansas September 23, 1927, to John D and Mamie M. (Mills) Baker. He attended Sedan High School, playing a variety of sports. Gene left school a year early when he joined the Navy during World War II. His service took him to Illinois , Rhode Island (where he completed his Sea Bee training), California (where he completed explosive ordnance disposal training), Idaho and Washington . While he was stationed at Farragut (ID) Naval Training Station, Gene met Helene Thormahlen of Fairfield, Washington during a chance encounter at Pattison's Roller Rink in Spokane. They were married December 15, 1945 and were together until Helene died June 10, 2010.

Gene completed his Navy tour in 1946, finished high school in 1947 in his home town, then moved back to Spokane with his family. He worked as a welder at Phillips Refinery, as a gas fitter for Industrial Burner Sales, and as a fire fighter for the City of Spokane until he retired with the rank of Lieutenant in 1983.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Donald Houser, Harvey Clausen, and Rudy Thormahlen. He is survived by his daughter Karen J. Baker and her partner Laura L. Engle of Spokane, WA; granddaughter Nancy Merrick (John) and great-grandsons Jared and Ian Merrick of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; sisters Lena Houser of Commerce, Georgia and Linda Coykendall (Jon) of Kingman, Kansas; brothers Gary Baker (Mary Helen) of Harper, Kansas and Tommy Baker (Kathleen) of Snyder, Texas; sisters-in-law Anne Clausen of Fairfield, Washington and Eleanor Thormahlen of Spokane, Washington and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his second wife, Irene Hilde and her family. Gene was a sweet man who never met a stranger. He was "Mr. Fix It" to all who needed and benefited from his many skills, and a wonderful help-mate to Helene through her various physical challenges and battles with cancer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 910 W 5th, Suite 256, Spokane WA 99204 or to the American Heart Association, 140 S Arthur, Suite 610, Spokane WA 99202 or to a charity of your choice.

Respectfully, Karen J. Baker, Laura L. Engle, Nancy K. Merrick
December 30, 2011
We miss you Dad. You're a wonderful man and great father. Love, Karen and Laura
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