Dec. 21, 1936 - June 25, 2013
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MISHAWAKA - Leon Lawrence Baker, 76, of Mishawaka, passed away on June 25th in his residence surrounded by his loving family. Leon was born in Hartford City, Indiana, on December 21, 1936, to the late Floyd and Lillian Mae (Thrasher) Baker. On July 2, 1955, he married Ruth E. Schmuhl in South Bend. Leon was a member of the American Legion Post #308 in Osceola, and also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose #1262 in Mishawaka. Leon is survived by his loving wife, Ruth E. Baker; their son, Douglas (Diana) Baker of Elkhart, Indiana; and two granddaughters, Christine (Adam) Ross of Mishawaka and Laura (Nick) Deka, also of Mishawaka. Leon was a great-grandfather of 4: Gabriel Deka, Trinity Ross, Austin Ross and Xander Ross. Leon is also survived by his siblings: Frances (Harry) Landis of Hartford City, Indiana, Mary Taylor of Muncie, Indiana, Clesta (Donnie) Thomas of Hartford City, Indiana, and Lesta Petta of Geneva, Indiana. He was preceded in death by one brother and 6 sisters. Friends may visit with the family on June 28th from noon until 1:00 pm in the Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka. A service celebrating Leon's life will be held at 1:00 pm in the funeral chapel. As per Leon's wishes, cremation is to take place and he will be laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka. Memorial contributions may be made in Leon's name to either Hospice Foundation, 4220 Edison Lakes Parkway, Suite 210, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545; or to Pet Refuge, Inc., 2300 W. 6th St., Mishawaka, Indiana 46544.
Published in South Bend Tribune on June 27, 2013