Baker, Laverne E
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May 5, 1923 - Aug. 24, 2014
Laverne E Baker, 91, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Freeport, Illinois, died on Aug. 24, 2014. Services will be held at 9:30 am on Fri., at Incarnation Church in Sarasota, FL.
Laverne was born May 5, 1923 in Freeport, Illinois. He was predeceased by his wife, Carol (Mason) Baker, and his son, Phillip J. Baker. He is survived by his daughter, Marguerite Sue Johnson, his son, Michael Baker, both of Sarasota, and his sons Steven Baker of Venice, and Patrick Baker of Port Charlotte, Florida. Other survivors include nine grandsons, two granddaughters, eleven great-grandchildren all in the Sarasota area, and five sisters, all residing in Illinois and Texas.
Laverne was a many-times decorated veteran, serving 42 months in the South Pacific in WWII, and was credited with saving the lives of four of his fellow soldiers in the book Children of Yesterday, by Jan Vaultin. He had many careers, including: Factory worker, office manager of an ice cream plant, self-employed accountant, tavern owner (The Wheel Inn - Freeport, Illinois), controller for a contact-lense manufacturer, and numerous other occupations. Later in life he worked in the bakery at Publix, and was a greeter at Walmart until age 87.
Laverne loved fishing and golf, and was an avid reader. He was a walking encyclopedia of sports trivia, especially baseball. He was a Rays fan and a die-hard Cub fan. He had a great sense of humor and was cracking jokes to the end.
A mass will be held for him at Incarnation Church. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Tidewell Hospice or the Pines of Sarasota.
Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2014