RIXFORD - Donald F. Baker, 93, of Looker Mountain Trail, passed away on Sunday (May 10, 2015) at his residence following a long illness.
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Born on July 9, 1921, in Rixford, he was a son of Lee and Lillian Dolan Baker. On Jan. 21, 1945 in the Duke Center Evangelical United Brethren Church, he married Donnes J. Wright, who survives. On Jan. 21, 2015, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
He was 1939 graduate of Otto High School in Duke Center and was a lifelong resident of Rixford. Don was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army as a corporal. He had been employed in the local oil fields for the Messer Oil Co. for several years and was later employed by the Clark Brothers Manufacturing Co. in Olean, N.Y., as a machinist. For 23 years prior to his retirement in 1982 he was employed by the Corning Glass Works in Bradford.
Don was a member since 1986 of the Sawyer Evangelical Church. For many years he was active as a leader in the Boy Scouts, serving as assistant scout master and as a Cub Scout leader and neighborhood commissioner. He enjoyed traveling with his family in their travel trailer, and later they enjoyed taking bus tours. His other hobbies were woodworking and hiking with his grandchildren.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Ila (Gene) Felt of Salamanca, N.Y., and Dr. Donna (Ken) Mettler EDD of Middlebury Center, Pa.; three grandchildren, Angela (Mark) Ellis, Steve (Kellie) Felt and Mike (Debbie) Mettler; and six great-grandchildren, Tim and Jeff Ellis, Alexandra and Dylan Felt and Tricia and Joshua Engle. Don is also survived by a brother, Richard (Genevieve) Baker of Austin, Texas; and two sisters, Geraldine Zetler of Rixford and Dorothy Kuhn of Bradford.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred. Visitation will also be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service, which will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Sawyer Evangelical Church with the Rev. Jacob Cirigliano, assistant pastor of the Faith Evangelical Church in Corry officiating. Burial will follow in the Little Valley Rural Cemetery.
The family wishes that memorial contributions be made to the Otto Township Fire Department; or the Sawyer Evangelical Church.
Online condolences may be made at framefuneralhome.com.
Frame Funeral Home
230 Main Street
Eldred, PA 16731
Published in The Bradford Era from May 12 to May 19, 2015