William H. Baker Jr., 67, of Phoenix, Ariz.., formerly of Genoa, Ill., died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at his home.|
He was born Aug. 13, 1942, in Genoa, the son of William H. Sr. and Marjorie Baker. He married Mary Gapinske on Sept. 26, 1970, in Genoa.
Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam era. He was a graduate of Genoa-Kingston High School, Class of 1960. He worked as a concrete laborer foreman, retiring after many years of service. After his retirement, he was an umpire in the Illinois USSSA (softball league) in Genoa and continued to umpire in the USSSA in Arizona.
For more than four decades, Bill was a coach for Little League, Pony League and went all the way up the Legion in the Genoa and Kingston area. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Genoa and was a member of the Local Union 582 out of Elgin. He was an avid fisherman and gardener in Genoa and continued these hobbies in Arizona.
Bill is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Baker of Phoenix; two sons, Dan Baker and Eric Baker, both of Phoenix; one granddaughter, Theresa Baker of Phoenix; two brothers, Michael (Nancy) Baker of Sun City, Ariz., and Keith Baker of Chicago; two sisters, Liz Baker of Genoa and Kay Baker of Birmingham, Ala.; and one nephew, Patrick Baker of Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Danelle Baker; one granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Baker; his parents, William H. Baker Sr. and Marjorie Baker; one sister, Rose Baker and one brother, Tom Baker.
A memorial visitation will be on Wednesday, April 28, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the local family-owned and -operated Slater-Butala Funeral Home of Genoa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made for William H. Baker Jr. to the Ehler Danlos National Foundation in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., Genoa, IL 60135; 815-784-5191; www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com.