Robert W. "Bob" Baker, 85, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at HPH Hospice at Barrington Place, Lecanto. A native of Warren, Ohio, he was born April 17, 1927, the only child to Robert R. and Edna L. (Maffett) Baker. Mr. Baker was a retired broker/salesman for the candy manufacturing industry and during his working life, was also a professional singer and musician, with his specialty as the bass fiddle. He moved to Homosassa in 1986 from Clearwater where he had lived for over 30 years. While in Clearwater, he was known to sing at the former Candlelight Inn back in the 1960's. Bob, as he was known to many, was also a Civil War historian and an active Civil War reenactor, even up to the age of 75. He participated in reenactments in Crystal River and Brooksville, serving in the artillery divisions for the South, even though he was born a Yankee. Mr. Baker was a member of Springs Masonic Lodge, of which he was a 60 year Mason; American Legion Post 155, Crystal River and was also a member of First Baptist Church of Crystal River. He was a U.S. Navy, WW II veteran.
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He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Dorothy L. Baker, Homosassa; son, Robert Baker; daughters, Pamela Castle (Dennis), and Cindy Chronabery, all of Homosassa; five grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013, from First Baptist Church of Crystal River with Pastor Tim Lantsy officiating. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, at 1:30 p.m. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills, FL 34465. www.wilderfuneral.com.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 12, 2013