Allen S. "Al" Baker, 67, of Chicora, a well-known retired teacher, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday evening at his home.
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Al was born in Olean, N.Y., on Oct. 12, 1946. He was the son of the late Samuel and Mary Dunn Baker.
Al was a longtime member of the North Butler Hunting and Fishing Club and was a life member of the Chicora Moose Lodge 962. He enjoyed spending time in the company of his grandkids, playing poker with his buddies, playing the lottery, visiting casinos, working outside his home, and flower gardening. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed attending the races.
Al was a 1964 graduate of Smethport High School, and a 1968 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with degrees in business education, business English, business math, accounting and typing. Al earned a master's degree from Robert Morris University.
Mr. Baker had a distinguished teaching career at Karns City High School, which spanned four decades and three generations of students. His career at Karns City began Aug. 7, 1968, and he retired on June 6, 2008. Mr. Baker also served as the adviser for the yearbook staff at Karns City High School for many years.
Al is survived by his wife, Kathleen Anderson Baker, who he married on May 20, 1989, at the Mt. Chestnut Presbyterian Church.
Also surviving are his three children, Keith Williams Jr. of Chicora, Shelli Cornelius of Fenelton and Kris Williams and his wife, Hilary, of Karns City; his five grandchildren, Danielle, Austin, Krista, Lauren and Koen; his three sisters, Nancy Sturdavant and her husband, Jim, of Smethport, Mary Loomis and her husband, Jim, of Transfer and Kate Martz and her husband, Kurt, of Fredericksburg, Va.; as well as a number of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Baker was preceded in death by his two brothers, Steve and Richard Baker.
Baker- The friends of Allen S. "Al" Baker, who passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora-Fenelton Road, Chicora, from noon to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 962, Chicora, will conduct a memorial service for its departed brother at 8:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
A funeral service will be at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Dennis Barger, Al's colleague and the pastor of the Scrubgrass Stone Church in Emlenton, officiating. Interment will be at Hemphill Cemetery, Chicora.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Baker's memory may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.
To send a condolence, please visit www.hilefh.com.
Hile Funeral Home
339 Chicora Fenelton Rd
Chicora, PA 16025
Published in Butler Eagle on May 2, 2014