William D. Baker

William Delaney Baker

Born on June 27, 1926, died reluctantly on May 21, 2014. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Susan Baker, with whom he shared a very large life.

Of his many accomplishments, the most meaningful was the bringing together of a dynamic and loving family. Each of his 3 children Bill Baker, Leslie Blackburn (Sunny) and Jim Baker; his step children Brad and Chris Lierman; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren have benefited from his legacy: an unmistakable sense of humor that was passed to them through his curmudgeon-like and bigger-than-life antics. The stories amass beyond the ability for his family and friends to re-tell, but we will be trying as long as we draw breath ourselves.

Bill was a Navy Veteran of World War II, which was a critical influence in his continued efforts to teach his children and grandchildren to drink hygienically from a cup, take very fast showers and to recite various and suspect limericks. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master's Degree in Business, and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He started his career as a manufacturer's representative for the Franklin Furniture Company, and later for Henredon Furniture Company from which he retired in 1991.

The many life-long friendships he maintained from his childhood in Pittsburgh to his adulthood in Indianapolis are a testimony to his loyalty and caring. In his words, "sing no sad songs for me as I am with the Lord." We celebrate that Heaven has received one of the most irascible, generous, quick-witted and passionate souls.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27th at Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory, Harry W. Moore Chapel , 8151 Allisonville Road. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, May 28th at 9:00 a.m. at the same location: Internment to follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens at 11:00 a.m. Donations can be made in William's memory to The National Parkinson's Foundation at: http://www.parkinsons.org

Funeral Home

Indiana Funeral Care
8147 Allisonville Rd Indianapolis, IN 46250
(317) 636-6464

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 25, 2014