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William Alvin Baker

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Baker, William Alvin
was born on Nov. 2, 1927 in Dayton, IN to Dwight and Wilma Baker. After graduating from Dayton High School and Purdue University, he served his country in an Army hospital in Osaka, Japan during the Korean Conflict. When he returned, he earned his Master's in Social Work at IUPUI where he met Tommie Anne, the love of his life, on the first day of class. They married the next summer and soon became parents to two daughters. Bill's work with Family Service took them from Indianapolis to Hamilton, Ohio, and then to Phoenix. He began work for the city of Phoenix in 1977 as a supervisor and coordinator in many social service and community building capacities until retirement in 1992. He was an active member of Orangewood Presbyterian Church where he was a deacon, elder, and member of the choir. He followed his family's Masonic tradition as a Master Mason for over 65 years and a member of El Zaribah Shrine. Bill and Tommie traveled extensively, especially after retirement, often with family. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 11. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Tommie and brother Lt. Col. D.R. Baker, Jr. He leaves behind his loving daughters Cynthia of Phoenix and Teresa Powell (Tim) of Tucson, grandchildren Adam Powell (Jamie) of Los Altos, CA and Alyssa Crone (Pat) of Tucson, great-granddaughters Adalyn and Amelia, step-great-grandson Landon, sister Mary Ellen Bowers of Dayton, IN, and many nieces, nephews, and friends, including dear Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers. A celebration of his life will be held at Orangewood Presbyterian Church on January 16 at 3 pm. Memorial gifts may be made to El Zaribah Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, 552 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 10, 2016
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