COUDERSPORT - Charles "Fred" Baker, 87, of Coudersport, a true gentleman, passed away at the Sweden Valley Manor on Saturday (April 2, 2016) with his loving wife at his side after a long battle with cancer.
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Born on July 20, 1928, he was the son of Simeon and Wanda May Kimball Baker. He graduated from Coudersport High School. On April 12, 1952, Fred married Beverly June Freeman Baker.
He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and then re-enlisted in Air Force serving a total of six years. Fred was honorably discharged on Aug. 6, 1952.
He worked for a short term at Pierce Glass in Port Allegany, was a co-owner of an auto service business in Lawrenceville, and retired after 28 years service as a meat cutter for Market Basket Stores at several locations.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, brother-in-law Basil "Bucky" Freeman, sister in-law Janice Freeman,and several nieces and nephews.
Fred was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, John S. and Clarence L. Baker; three sisters, Claudia Baker Swartout, Vera Elvina Baker Kernahan and Thelma Marie Baker Quimby.
Friends and family will be received at the Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport, from 1 to 3 p.m. today, at which time a service will be held. Burial will take place in the Sweden Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made in honor of Fred to the Potter County Hospice, Cole Memorial, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA, 16915 or by visiting www.colememorial.org/contact.aspx
The Baker family has entrusted the Fickinger Funeral Home with preparing Fred's Life Celebration service.
To share your fondest memories of Fred please visit www.thomasfickinger.com
Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home Ltd.
210 North East Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
Published in The Bradford Era on Apr. 5, 2016