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Joseph A. Baity Sr.

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RICHMOND, Mass. -- Mr. Joseph A. Baity Sr., 85, of Summit Rd. died Wednesday morning at home.

Born in Peru, Ind., on Aug. 9, 1918, he was the son of Edward and Lula Holding Baity. He attended schools in Indiana. He was a resident of Richmond since 1964.

Mr. Baity served in the U.S. Army for 24 years. He served during W.W. II under Gen. Patton in Europe. He also was a Korean War veteran. He then became the regular army advisor to the National Guard in Pittsfield and North Adams. He then served in Vietnam where he was awarded two Bronze Stars. He was discharged as a master sergeant.

Upon his discharge he became employed by Emerson Construction for 20 years. Then went to work as a security guard at BMC and retired as office manager for T & J Contractors in 2000.

He was a Little League Baseball coach in Richmond and he served on the Richmond Recreational Committee.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Pittsfield.

He leaves his wife the former Ella Gehbauer of 54 years, whom he married in Alsbach, Germany; three sons, Dale J. Baity of Richmond, Joseph A. Baity Jr. of Bennington, Vt. and Timothy D. Baity of Pittsfield; three daughters, Joyce L. Ryan of Pittsfield, Rosemary J. Baity of New London, Conn., and Sandra R. Mitchel of Bennington, Vt.; beloved grandfather to Joseph and Kerry Ryan, Matthew and Erin Mitchel, Jameson and Cooper Baity, and Christopher Hessler; great grandfather to Damien Hessler; father-in-law to Joseph W. Ryan and William Mitchel, Lisa Baity and Kelly Baity, and he also leaves his sister-in-law Gisela Morrison.

Funeral services will be tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 24 at 8:15 a.m. from the Dwyer Funeral Home with a liturgy of Christian burial at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church celebrated by Rev. Michael Shershanovich, pastor. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery.

Calling hours will be at the Dwyer Funeral Home today, Thursday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations may be made to the Richmond Volunteer Ambulance Association or to Hospice Care In The Berkshires care of the Dwyer Funeral Home in his memory.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 23, 2003
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