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Chuck Baker


03/22/1945 - 03/12/2015 Obituary
Chuck Baker Obituary
My Rock of Gibraltar he was. Chuck peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family March 12. An infantry Army foot soldier 1966-1968, having served in Korea 1967-1968. A provider and protector of his wife Darlyn (nee Patrick) who he met in 7th grade, in Newton Falls, Ohio, daughter Heather, PhD UC Riverside (Kevin) Crosby, Grandson Brett Bryson Crosby, Granddaughter Alyssa Darlyn Crosby, son Bryon, Dartmouth '96 (Christy) Baker, Grandsons Michael Patrick Baker and Brandon Morris Baker. A beloved brother to his sister Rita (Dan) Moreland and brother John Baker. Uncle of Mark Moreland, Larry (Rosemarie) Moreland, Gordon (Crystal) Moreland, Jamie Moreland, Jessica (Anthony) Acevedo, Sister-in-law Karen Serotko Baker and Karie Baker. Passing on before him were his parents Charles and Donna Baker and nephew Chuck Baker.
With a Master's degree in Finance from Rutgers University, not only was he the family financial planner, but he was the reason for the continued success of his Bakersfield home health care company Interim HealthCare that opened in 1994, Caring Corner, a Pediatric Daycare for medically fragile children facility, co-owner of Loretta's Little Miracles in Fresno and majority owner of Interim Assisted Care in Walnut Creek. His passion for football resulted in a full scholarship to Youngstown State University in Ohio. He attended the Olympics in Athens, traveled to Australia for his & Darlyn's 40th wedding anniversary in 2006. He was quite a fan of MMA & enjoyed attending several UFC events in California and Las Vegas. When Royce Gracie shook Chuck's hand, Royce commented, 'Strong Chuck."
He enjoyed Vanderlei Silva's personal training session he attended with Bryon. He took great pride in his "hunter eyes" as he was an excellent marksman when he and Bryon went hunting for upland game or wild pig. Chuck looked forward every fall to travelling with Darlyn to NYC where they attended Broadway plays, saw the Rockettes and the World Trade Center in ruins as well as the new memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives on 9-11. He was a strong supporter of CSUB wrestling as well as contributing to many organizations and local fund raisers. In February of 2014 he was diagnosed with Progressive Muscular Atrophy, related to ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) which began when he noticed the dexterity in his left thumb had decreased mid-2013. This cruel disease progressed rapidly and robbed him of enjoying family centered activities, watching his kids enjoy their kids, taking pride in watching his grandkids grow up and most sadly not being able to travel with each of the grandkids to visit college campuses as he so valued higher education.
A void now exists for all who knew him and especially his family as he was the trusted patriarch. Adaptations and adjustments were needed as the disease progressed and he never ever complained or questioned, "Why me?" He kept putting one foot in front of the other, a true warrior at heart and inspiration to those who cared for him. As the disease forced him into a world of silence, he accepted his limitations with grace. Either a nod of his head or a thumbs up was sufficient. None of us is promised tomorrow. Enjoy who you are today. Be happy with what you are capable of doing today, as Chuck did as recently as a year ago.
The care provided by RN Lori M & Juanita of Hoffmann Hospice was reassuring and comforting. His wish was to be cremated. His final resting place will be in the Bakersfield National Cemetary. No services are scheduled.

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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 17, 2015
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