BRANDON - Robert Lawrence Baker, age 94, died Friday, December 13, 2013, at his home in Brandon.
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Mr. Baker was born in Rutland, July 6, 1919. He was the son of Loren and Carrie (Chaffee) Baker. He was a life-long Brandon resident.
Following his education at Brandon High School, he joined the United States Army. He served with the 7th Field Artillery Battalion. He was involved the battles of: Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. Among his numerous decorations are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and a Citation of Merit for action against the enemy in Weisman, Belgium, on December 12, 1944. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Brandon, where he worked at Whelden Coal from 1945 until 1967. He then joined the staff at Moore Business Forms, where he worked until his retirement in 1987.
He was a member of The American Legion.
Surviving are four daughters: Patricia Baker of Middlebury, Kathy Thompson of Rutland, Linda Bunker of East Poultney, and Connie Jones of Moretown; four sons: Donald Baker of Fairbanks, Alaska, Paul Baker of Bangor, Maine, Guy Baker of Brandon, and Keith Baker of Castleton; his companion, Florence McIntyre of Brandon; two nephews, Lawrence Baker of Pittsford, and Norman Baker of North Clarendon; and a niece, Gertrude Hathaway of Benson; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several cousins also survive him. He was predeceased by two sisters, Lovinna Bishop and Martha St. John, and his brother, George Baker.
The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place in the spring, in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his memory to: Brandon American LegionPost #55, PO Box 25, Brandon, VT 05733.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.
Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home - Brandon
26 Franklin Street Brandon, VT 05733
Published in Rutland Herald from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2013