HARRY E. BAKER, 92, of Van Wert, Ohio, died on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 2 p.m., at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert, Ohio. Born Sept. 26, 1921, in Paulding County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Mintie T. (Hover) Baker and John A. Baker. He married Marjorie I. (Cryer) Baker on Nov. 25, 1942; she survives in Van Wert, Ohio. He was a Journeyman tool & die maker at National Seal Corp, in Van Wert, for 23 years and then worked at the Chrysler Amplex Co., in Van Wert, for 16 years until retiring. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Railroad 729th Co. A Operational Battalion and was a member of the American Legion Post 423, in Orland, Ind. He was also a member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Toledo, Ohio; Zenobia Shriners of Toledo, Ohio; Van Wert Masonic Lodge Free & Accepted Masons; Knights Templar; and Van Wert Order of the Eastern Star. Harry enjoyed golfing, auto racing, horse racing, fishing at his lake cottage and spending time at his home in Florida. In addition to his hobbies, Harry's nieces and nephews were a very important part of his life. Also surviving is his sister, Wilda Myers of Monroeville. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Judith A. Merkle; brothers, Roy, Russell, Delmer, and Francis Baker; and sisters, Myrtle Feasby, Nellie Beezley and Dorothy Gibson. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory,722 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio. The Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Burial in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio, with Military graveside service conducted by the combined units of the Van Wert American Legion and V.F.W. Posts. Preferred memorials to Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center or donor's choice. Arrangements by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral home and Crematory. Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 20, 2014