William "Bill" Laurance Baker Jr., 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Elizabeth "Bettieann" Ann (Kos) Baker, who died in 2010, for 55½ years.
He was a son of the late William Laurance Sr. and Jeanette Minerva (Jessup) Baker and was predeceased by his brother, Donald Baker, in 2010.
Born in Sheridan, Ind., he was a former resident of Mountain Top, Columbus, Ohio, and Sheridan.
A 1952 graduate of Bowling Green (Ohio) State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, he met his wife there and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
He was a sales coordinator for St. Regis Paper Co. before retiring in 1984. Previously, he was a national representative for Sigma Chi.
He was a 1941 graduate of Columbus North High School.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II
, serving as a pharmacist's mate first class, primarily in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, 1942 to 1947, and later served in the Navy Reserve as a hospital corpsman first class, 1947 to 1955.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Civil War Trust. He was a big fan of Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Surviving are his son, Michael, Allentown; daughters, Dr. Lisa (Baker) and husband, Dr. Robert Vaughn, New Tripoli; Juliana, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Ann, Virginia Beach, Va.; and Laura (Baker) and husband, William Curley, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Kari (Baker) and husband, Ryan Lenhart, Mount Laurel, N.J.; Elizabeth (Vaughn) and husband, Gregory Bringhurst, Easton; Amy Vaughn, New Tripoli, Patrick and Delaney Curley, both of Mountain Top; sister, Saundra (Baker) Spicer, wife of the late John Spicer, Columbus; nephew, nieces; numerous cousins.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, with prayer and military services, at George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. Services will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, with a prayer service at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Fellowship Community, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall, PA 18052; Sigma Chi Foundation, 1714 Hinman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201; and/or the
, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.