ROBERT JAY BAKER, 89, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, 9:20 p.m., at his home with his family by his side. Born on July 7, 1923, in Huntington, Bob was the son of Ira J. and Gertrude J. (Shaefer) Baker. He was a United States Army World War II veteran with the Btry AAA 165th Gun Battalion, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He married Betty I. Patten on Aug. 2, 1947, in Roanoke, at the Methodist parsonage by the Rev. G.W. Brunner. He and his wife were lifetime farmers and he was a member of the American Legion Post 160 in Roanoke. He was a hard worker who maintained his own equipment, built two homes, and enjoyed flying his ultralight. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Betty I. Baker of Roanoke; six daughters, Jo Ann (Don) Shively of Roanoke, Carol L. (Gerry) Scheurich of Avilla, Mary A. (Roger) Scherer of Hoagland, Patricia A. (Terry) Rhodenbaugh of Roanoke, Sue A. (Steve) Lincoln of LaOtto, and Barbara A. (Rick) McMullen of Columbia City; 10 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; sister, Virginia Holmes of Huntington; and sister-in-law, Cecelia Baker of Huntington. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Frank Baker. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Pastor Jim Clifford officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will follow service in Glenwood I.O.O.F., Roanoke. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Baker's memory to Visiting Nurse Hospice Home or Laud Christian Church. To send family condolences or sign the guest registerbook, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 9, 2013